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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264249

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264249.001.0001

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Bonjour Paresse: Literary Waste and Recycling in Book 4 of Gower’s Confessio Amantis

Bonjour Paresse: Literary Waste and Recycling in Book 4 of Gower’s Confessio Amantis

Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture

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(p.256) (p.257) Bonjour Paresse: Literary Waste and Recycling in Book 4 of Gower’s Confessio Amantis
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures
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James Simpson

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264249.003.0009

This lecture discusses the durable hostility to idleness, particularly idle reading. It presents a claim that late medieval, pre-Reformation textual practice is not driven by a need to define and expel cultural waste; rather, idle reading is an important part of a cultural economy. The lecture concludes that a literary education can easily feed the psyche's capacity for delusive satisfaction.

Keywords:   idleness, idle reading, textual practice, cultural waste, cultural economy, literary education, delusive satisfaction

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