The Work of the Sun

Literature, Science, and Political Economy, 1760–1860

Authors: Underwood, T.

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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.

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TED UNDERWOOD is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

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'Underwood unearths important manuscript sources as well as a wide range of little-known works in physics, chemistry, engineering, and political economics, and demonstrates considerable comparative prowess in using them effectively to contextualize key shifts in literary and economic sensibility during the centuries in question.' - Bruce Clarke, European Romantic Review


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Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Work of the Sun
Book Subtitle
Literature, Science, and Political Economy, 1760–1860
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Ted Underwood
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8190-5
DOI
10.1057/9781403981905
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6599-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52928-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 240
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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