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Books obsolete objects in the literary imagination ruins relics rarities rubbish uninhabited places and hidden treasures full online in PDF, ePub format, this Literary Criticism books, Italian critic Francesco Orlando explores Western literature’s obsession with outmoded and nonfunctional objects (ruins, obsolete machinery, broken things, trash, etc.). Books obsolete objects in the literary imagination ruins relics rarities rubbish uninhabited places and hidden treasures in PDF format.
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Obsolete Objects In The Literary Imagination

Author: Francesco Orlando
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300138214
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Obsolete Objects In The Literary Imagination by Francesco Orlando



Books Title: Obsolete Objects In The Literary Imagination

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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