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The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Zuzanna Ladyga

Abstract

The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature focuses on the issue of productivity, using the figure of laziness to negotiate the relation between the ethical and the aesthetic. This book argues that major twentieth-century American writers such as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, John Barth, Donald Barthelme and David Foster Wallace provocatively challenge the ethos of productivity by filtering their ethical interventions through culturally stigmatised imagery of laziness. Ladyga argues that when the motif of laziness appears, it invariably reveals the underpinnings of an e ... More

Keywords: Laziness, Ethics, American modernism, American postmodernism, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Giorgio Agamben, Ernest Hemingway, Donald Barthelme, David Foster Wallace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474442923
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442923.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zuzanna Ladyga, author