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The Work of the Sun
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The Work of the Sun

Literature, Science, and Political Economy, 1760-1860
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ISBN-13:
9781403981905
Einband:
eBook
Seiten:
240
Autor:
T. Underwood
eBook Typ:
PDF
eBook Format:
PDF
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1 - PDF Watermark
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Introduction Romanticism and the Science of Light Energy and the Autonomy of Middle-Class Work Apollo, God of Middle-Class Enterprise Cowper's Spontaneous Task A Homeless Voice of Waters: Industrial and Imaginative Power in Wordsworth Sunlight and the Reification of Culture Productivism and the Reception of 'The Conservation of Force'
At the end of the Eighteenth century, British writers began to celebrate work in a strangely indirect way. Instead of describing diligence as an attribute of character, poets and novelists increasingly identified work with impersonal 'energies' akin to natural force. Chemists traced mental and muscular work back to its source in sunlight, giving rise to the claim (beloved by Nineteenth-century journalists) that 'all the labour done under the sun is really done by it'. The Work of The Sun traces the emergence of this model of work, exploring its sources in middle-class consciousness and its implications for British literature and science.