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Author Gee, Sophie, 1974-

Title Making waste : leftovers and the eighteenth-century imagination / Sophie Gee.

Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2010.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  820.93553 G27m 2010    ---  Available
Description viii, 196 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-186) and index.
Contents Making waste -- The invention of the wasteland : civic narrative and Dryden's Annus mirabilis -- Wastelands, Paradise lost, and popular polemic at the restoration -- Milton's Chaos in Pope's London : material philosophy and the book trade -- The man on the dump : Swift, Ireland, and the problem of waste -- Holding on to the corpse : fleshly remains in A journal of the plague year -- Mr. Spectator's Tears and Sophia Western's Muff.
Summary "Why was eighteenth-century English culture so fascinated with the things its society discarded? Why did Restoration and Augustan writers such as Milton, Dryden, Swift, and Pope describe, catalog, and memorialize the waste matter that their social and political worlds wanted to get rid of - from the theological dregs in Paradise Lost to the excrements in "The Lady's Dressing Room" and the corpses of A Journal of the Plague Year? In Making Waste, the first book about refuse and its place in Enlightenment literature and culture, Sophie Gee examines the meaning of waste at the moment when the early modern world was turning modern."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Waste (Economics) in literature.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Refuse and refuse disposal in literature.
Great Britain -- Civilization -- 18th century.
Consumption (Economics) in literature.
ISBN 9780691139845 (cloth : alk. paper)
0691139849 (cloth : alk. paper)

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