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Stages #14: Loiterature

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The fabric of the western literary tradition is not always predictable. In one wayward strand, waywardness itself is at work, delay becomes almost predictable, triviality is auspicious, and failure is cheerfully admired. This is loiterature. Loiterature is the first book to identify this strand, to follow its path through major works and genres, and to evaluate its literary significance.
 
By offering subtle resistance to the laws of "good social order," loiterly literature blurs the distinctions between innocent pleasure and harmless relaxation on the one hand, and not-so-innocent intent on the other. The result is covert social criticism that casts doubt on the values good citizens hold dear—values like discipline, organization, productivity, and, above all, work. It levels this criticism, however, under the guise of innocent wit or harmless entertainment. Loiterature distracts attention the way a street conjurer diverts us with his sleight of hand.    If the pleasurable has critical potential, may not one of the functions of the critical be to produce pleasure? The ability to digress, Ross Chambers suggests, is at the heart of both, and loiteratures digressive waywardness offers something to ponder for critics of culture as well as lovers of literature.

About the Author

Ross Chambers is Marvin Felheim Distinguished University Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. His books include The Writing of Melancholy and Room for Maneuver.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803263925
Author:
Chambers, Ross
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln, Neb. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Literature -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Digression
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Digression (Rhetoric) in literature.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Stages
Series Volume:
v. 14
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.02x5.75x.68 in. .92 lbs.

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