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The wreckage of intentions : projects in British culture, 1660-1730, David Alff

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The wreckage of intentions : projects in British culture, 1660-1730
Title
The wreckage of intentions
Title remainder
projects in British culture, 1660-1730
Statement of responsibility
David Alff
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Britain saw the proposal of so many endeavors called "projects"-a catchphrase for the daring, sometimes dangerous practice of shaping the future-that Daniel Defoe dubbed his era a "Projecting Age." These ideas spanned a wide variety of scientific, technological, and intellectual interventions intended for the betterment of England. But for all the fanfare surrounding them, few such schemes actually materialized, leaving scores of defunct visions, from Defoe's own attempt to farm cats for perfume, to Mary Astell's proposal to charter a college for women, to countless ventures for improving land, streamlining government, and inventing new consumer goods. Taken together, these failed plans form a compelling alternative history of a Britain that might have been. The Wreckage of Intentions offers a comprehensive and critical account of projects, exploring the historical memory surrounding these concrete yet incomplete efforts to advance British society during a period defined by revolutions in finance and agriculture, the rise of experimental science, and the establishment of constitutional monarchy. Using methods of literary analysis, David Alff shows how projects began as written proposals, circulated as print objects, spurred physical undertakings, and provoked responses in the realms of poetry, fiction, and drama
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PU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alff, David
Dewey number
820.9/004
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR 431 .A39 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Alembics: Penn studies in literature and science
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • England
  • England
  • Industrial development projects
  • Industrial development projects
  • Scientific literature
  • Scientific literature
  • Civilization
  • English literature
  • Industrial development projects
  • Scientific literature
  • England
Label
The wreckage of intentions : projects in British culture, 1660-1730, David Alff
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Improvement's genre : Andrew Yarranton and the rhetoric of projection
  • Company in paper : Aaron Hill's beech oil bust
  • Projects beyond words : undertaking fen drainage
  • Inheriting the future : georgic's projecting strain
  • Swift's solar gourds and the antiproject tradition
  • Coda
  • Imaginary debris in Defoe's new forest
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9780812249590
Lccn
2017010475
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)976423893
  • (OCoLC)ocn976423893
Label
The wreckage of intentions : projects in British culture, 1660-1730, David Alff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Improvement's genre : Andrew Yarranton and the rhetoric of projection
  • Company in paper : Aaron Hill's beech oil bust
  • Projects beyond words : undertaking fen drainage
  • Inheriting the future : georgic's projecting strain
  • Swift's solar gourds and the antiproject tradition
  • Coda
  • Imaginary debris in Defoe's new forest
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9780812249590
Lccn
2017010475
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)976423893
  • (OCoLC)ocn976423893

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