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Title: Productivism and the Vogue for "Energy" in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain
Author(s): Underwood, Ted
Subject(s): energy, productivism, romanticism, work, social class, culturomics, word frequencies
Abstract: In the late eighteenth century, vocabulary for work shifted away from terms emphasizing conscious effort (e.g. "industrious" and "diligent") and toward the term "energy." Although at this point "energy" lacked its modern thermodynamic associations, it already expressed a conception of work as natural and spontaneous activity that was especially dear to the British middle classes.
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: Boston University
Citation Info: Ted Underwood, "Productivism and the Vogue for 'Energy' in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain," Studies in Romanticism 34.1 (1995): 103-25.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/45678
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Rights Information: Copyright Studies in Romanticism.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2013-08-24


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