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Obsolete Objects in the Literary Imagination - Ruins, Relics, Rarities, Rubbish, Uninhabited Places, and Hidden Treasures (Electronic book text)
Obsolete Objects in the Literary Imagination - Ruins, Relics, Rarities, Rubbish, Uninhabited Places, and Hidden Treasures...
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Obsolete Objects in the Literary Imagination - Ruins, Relics, Rarities, Rubbish, Uninhabited Places, and Hidden Treasures (Electronic book text)

Francesco Orlando

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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 traces this obsession to a turning point in history, at the end of eighteenth-century industrialisation, 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 in our culture, 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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Imprint: Yale University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2006
Authors: Francesco Orlando
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 500
ISBN-13: 978-6611728915
Barcode: 9786611728915
Categories: Books
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LSN: 6611728910

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