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Published: 01 October 2019

272 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474442923

Bookseller Code (06)

The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Zuzanna Ladyga

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Modern American Literature The New Twentieth Century

  • Uncovers the ethical dimension of the writing of Stein, Hemingway, Barth, Barthelme and Wallace by situating them in the context of the 20th century non-normative ethical and aesthetic tradition
  • Shows how the Romantic interest in laziness plays out through the modernist and postmodernist moments in 20th century American literature
  • Offers an innovative model of ethical reading based on the concept of unproductivity as an alternative to the dominant post-Romantic trends in the field of ethical criticism
  • Presents the first comprehensive study of laziness as a theoretical concept, which draws on a range of religious and philosophical references points, spanning John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Theodor Adorno, Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Catherine Malabou