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Title The labour of literature in Britain and France, 1830-1910 : authorial work ethics / edited by Marcus Waithe, Claire White
Imprint London : Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
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Descript 1 online resource (xv, 268 pages) : illustrations, digital ; 24 cm
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Series Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture
Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture
Note This volume examines the anxieties that caused many nineteenth-century writers to insist on literature as a laboured and labouring enterprise. Following Isaac D'Israeli's gloss on Jean de La Bruyere, it asks, in particular, whether writing should be 'called working'. Whereas previous studies have focused on national literatures in isolation, this volume demonstrates the two-way traffic between British and French conceptions of literary labour. It questions assumed areas of affinity and difference, beginning with the labour politics of the early nineteenth century and their common root in the French Revolution. It also scrutinises the received view of France as a source of a 'leisure ethic', and of British writers as either rejecting or self-consciously mimicking French models. Individual essays consider examples of how different writers approached their work, while also evoking a broader notion of 'work ethics', understood as a humane practice, whereby values, benefits, and responsibilities, are weighed up
Host Item Springer eBooks
Subject Working class in literature
English literature -- History and criticism
Working class writings, English -- History and criticism
Working class -- Great Britain -- Intellectual life
Working class -- France -- Intellectual life
Working class -- France -- History
Working class -- Great Britain -- History
Nineteenth-Century Literature
British and Irish Literature
European Literature
Literary History
Alt Author Waithe, Marcus, editor
White, Claire, editor
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