Idleness & aesthetic consciousness, 1815-1900

Adelman, Richard (2018) Idleness & aesthetic consciousness, 1815-1900. Cambridge studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781108539791

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

Charting the failure of the Romantic critique of political economy, Richard Adelman explores the changing significances and the developing concepts of idleness and aesthetic consciousness during the nineteenth century. Through careful analysis of some of the period's most influential thinkers, including John Stuart Mill, George Eliot, John Ruskin and Karl Marx, Adelman weaves together evolving ideas across a range of intellectual discourses - political economy, meditative poetry, the ideology of the 'gospel of work', cultural theory, the Gothic and psychoanalysis. In doing so, he reconstructs debates over passivity and repose and demonstrates their centrality to the cultural politics of the age. Arguing that hardened conceptions of aesthetic consciousness come into being at moments of civic unrest concerning political representation and that the fin-de-siècle witnesses the demonization of the once revolutionary category of aesthetic consciousness, the book demonstrates that late eighteenth-century positivity around human spirituality is comprehensively dismantled by the beginning of the twentieth century.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Depositing User: Richard Adelman
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 10:46
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2018 07:42
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67050
📧 Request an update