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Afterlives of abandoned work: creative debris in the archive

Afterlives of abandoned work: creative debris in the archive

Harle, Matthew, author

This title considers the relevance of unfinished projects to literary history and criticism, looking beyond famous posthumous work to investigate the abandoned everyday, from scrapped plans and rejected ideas to half-written novels or unfinished artistic works. Afterlives of Abandoned Work considers the relevance of unfinished projects to literary history and criticism, looking beyond famous posthumous work to investigate the abandoned everyday, from scrapped plans and rejected ideas to half-written novels or unfinished artistic works. It traces how the reading of abandoned creative endeavor-whether arriving in the form of a rejection letter, a disagreement with a collaborator, or the simple act of walking away from one's desk-can change the way we think about cultural production, the creative process, and the intellectual construction of everyday life. Over five distinct journeys through a variety of archives, from major research libraries to the unique collections of individual enthusiasts, Matthew Harle draws surprising connections between literary studies, media studies, and visual arts, exploring unfinished projects from Thomas Pynchon, Muriel Spark, B.S. Johnson, Harold Pinter, and others. Rooted in literary criticism, Afterlives of Abandoned Work reads unbuilt buildings, unfilmed screenplays, and unpublished novels and radio sketches as forms of text that can help us consider the enduring fragmentation and anecdotal construction of cultural form, as well as expand literary criticism's approach to the archive

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Published London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Matthew Harle
ISBN: 1501339443, 9781501339448
Physical Description: 264 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Literary theory; Media studies; Unfinished works of art.; Unfinished books.; Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.); Creative writing & creative writing guides; Psychology.; Psychology; Philosophy: aesthetics
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781501339424

Contents

  1. List of Illustrations
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. On the Shelf: An Introduction to Abandoned Work
  4. 2. The Writing and Rewriting of Place: The Story of Llano del Rio
  5. 3. Town Fictions: Planning the Future in Postwar London
  6. 4. A Shattering Achievement: Piecing Together Pinter's Proust
  7. 5. The Frugal Charade: Ideas for Books in Literary Archives
  8. 6. Remains to Be Seen: Afterword
  9. Bibliography
  10. Index