This book investigates the preoccupation with idleness that haunts the British eighteenth century, arguing that as Great Britain began to define itself as a nation during this period, one important quality it claimed was industriousness. Because this claim was undermined and complicated by many factors, such as leisure's importance to class status, idleness was a subject of intense anxiety. Jordan analyzes how the "idleness" of the working classes, the nonwhite races, and women is figured, and she examines the lives and works of two writers especially obsessed with idleness.
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Sarah Jordan is an associate professor of English at Albion College, where she teaches classes in eighteenth-century British literature and Romanticism. Her articles have appeared in The Age of Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Life.Review:
"Jordan marshals an impressive array of well-chosen examples from conduct books, tracts, social and religious materials, literature, and secondary sources [...yet] the text reads surprisingly well and is not overburdened by its full scholarly apparatus." (H. Benoist)
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Descripción Bucknell Univ Pr, Cranbury, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. 0838755232 8vo Ex Lib Literature VERY GOOD / DUST JACKET VERY GOOD. Former Library Book. 298 pp.Text clean and unmarked except for usual library treatments. Black textured paper over boards lettered in gilt at spine, minor shelfwear only. Dust jacket in protective plastic library book jacket cover, in very good condition, intact and unclipped. Binding firm. Nº de ref. de la librería 024314
Descripción Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: VG. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. Hardcover with textured black paper over boards and gilt titles to spine, in burgundy and indigo jacket with Hogarth illustrations to front, 8vo. 298pp. Index, bibliography, endnotes. VG/Fine. Creases and wrinkling to upper corners pp.97-116, well away from text, and with no tears or nicks (appears to be manufacturing defect). Book and jacket are otherwise as new: bright, tight, sharp and unmarked. Jacket in Brodart. Neither ex-lib nor remainder. Nº de ref. de la librería 014559
Descripción Bucknell University Press, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. Crimped corner, otherwise text clean and tight; The Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture; 1.1 x 9.21 x 6.3 Inches; 298 pages. Nº de ref. de la librería 182028