Obsolete Objects in the Literary Imagination : Ruins, Relics, Rarities, Rubbish, Uninhabited Places, and Hidden Treasures (eBook, 2008) [WorldCat.org]
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Obsolete Objects in the Literary Imagination : Ruins, Relics, Rarities, Rubbish, Uninhabited Places, and Hidden Treasures

Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Translated here into English for the first time is a monumental work of literary history and criticism comparable in scope and achievement to Eric Auerbach's Mimesis. Italian critic Francesco Orlando explores Western literature's obsession with outmoded and nonfunctional objects (ruins, obsolete machinery, broken things, trash, etc.). Combining the insights of psychoanalysis and literary-political history, Orlando  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
ISBN: 9780300138214 0300138210
OCLC Number: 1013956760
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Foreword --
Acknowledgments --
Note on the Translation --
I What This Book Is About --
II First, Confused Examples --
III Making Decisions in Order to Proceed --
IV A Tree Neither Genealogical Nor Botanical --
V Twelve Categories Not to Be Too Sharply Distinguished --
VI Some Twentieth-Century Novels --
VII Praising and Disparaging the Functional --
Notes --
Index of Subjects --
Index of Names and Texts
Responsibility: Francesco Orlando.
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Abstract:

Translated here into English for the first time is a monumental work of literary history and criticism comparable in scope and achievement to Eric Auerbach's Mimesis. Italian critic Francesco Orlando explores Western literature's obsession with outmoded and nonfunctional objects (ruins, obsolete machinery, broken things, trash, etc.). Combining the insights of psychoanalysis and literary-political history, Orlando traces this obsession to a turning point in history, at the end of eighteenth-century industrialization, when the functional becomes the dominant value of Western culture.Roaming through every genre and much of the history of Western literature, the author identifies distinct categories into which obsolete images can be classified and provides myriad examples. The function of literature, he concludes, is to remind us of what we have lost and what we are losing as we rush toward the future.

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