Consumerism, Waste, and Re-Use in Twentieth-Century Fiction: by Rachele Dini

By Rachele Dini

This e-book examines synthetic waste and remaindered people in literary reviews of capitalism by means of twentieth-century writers linked to the historic avant-garde and their descendants. development on contemporary paintings in new materialism and waste reviews, Rachele Dini reads waste as a procedure or part amenable to interruption. From an preliminary exploration of waste and re-use in 3 Surrealist texts via Giorgio de Chirico, André Breton, and Mina Loy, Dinitraces the conceptualization of waste within the writing of Samuel Beckett, Donald Barthelme, J.G. Ballard, William Gaddis, and Don DeLillo. In exploring the connection among waste, capitalism, and literary experimentation, this booklet indicates that the legacy of the old avant-garde is sure up with a permanent religion within the radical power of waste. the 1st research to concentration particularly on waste within the twentieth-century mind's eye, it is a precious contribution to the increasing box of waste studies.

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Ulysses (London: Penguin, 2000 [1922]), 152. Henceforth, U. Zygmunt Bauman, Wasted Lives: Modernity and its Outcasts (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2004), 5. Morrison’s insightful development of Bauman’s concept in The Literature of Waste complements my approach. See in particular Chapter Eight: “The Toxic Metaphor of Wasted Humans: Those Filthy Cleaners Who Scrub US Spotless” (97–117). Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (London: Penguin Classics, 2015 [1848), 5. André Breton, “Surrealist Manifesto of 1924,” Manifestoes of Surrealism, transl.

51. For a nuanced analysis of this, see Nancy Metz, “The Artistic Reclamation of Waste in Our Mutual Friend,” Nineteenth-century Fiction 34 (1979): 68. 32 R. DINI 52. Emile Zola, Ladies’ Paradise (Oxford: Oxford World Classics, 2008 [1883]). 53. Rachel Bowlby provides an exceptional analysis of this eroticism in Just Looking: Consumer Culture in Dreiser, Gissing and Zola (New York: Methuen, 1985). 54. Cross notes that discretionary spending in the USA increased from 20 % to 35 % in the first three decades of the twentieth century thanks to industry growth.

54. Cross notes that discretionary spending in the USA increased from 20 % to 35 % in the first three decades of the twentieth century thanks to industry growth. 3bn between 1900 and 1915. Gary Cross, An All-Consuming Century (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000); Raymond A. Bauer and Stephen A. Greyser, Advertising in America (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1968). 55. Christine Frederick, Selling Mrs. Consumer (New York: Business Bourse, 1929), 246; 250–251, as cited in Strasser, 16. 56.

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