Living coal : Robert Boyle, John Holland, and the bodily passages of chimney sweep literature, 1684-1824

dc.contributor.advisorMoore, Lisa L. (Lisa Lynne)
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBaker, Samuel
dc.creatorGoheen, Jeremy Cameron
dc.creator.orcid0000-0001-9673-5375
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-07T18:23:15Z
dc.date.available2018-08-07T18:23:15Z
dc.date.created2016-05
dc.date.issued2016-05-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2016
dc.date.updated2018-08-07T18:23:16Z
dc.description.abstractThis project attends to a body of literature that registers the extraordinary and tragic effects of chimneys infused with living coal upon young chimney sweeps. In so doing, I show how writers, especially John Holland, registered the dynamic interrelationship between chimney sweeps, chimneys and coal as bodily passages. To assist our imagining of these bodily passages, I adapt Edward Casey’s logic of place and Stacy Alaimo’s concept of “transcorporeality” in order to make sense of the material exchange between the child-sweeps and the lively matter of and within the chimneys. Together, place-thinking and transcorporeality help us see the way in which dwelling within toxic places might involve processes of what Rob Nixon has called “slow violence,” a violence often culminating in the spectacular erasure of bodies. In turn, I hope to contribute to a fuller understanding of what it means to live firmly emplaced in the environment in which we dwell.
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2N873H5R
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/65991
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectChimney sweepers
dc.subjectChimney sweep literature
dc.subjectJohn Holland
dc.subjectRobert Boyle
dc.subjectLogic of place
dc.subjectTranscorporeality
dc.subjectEighteenth-century literature
dc.subjectNineteenth-century literature
dc.subjectScience
dc.subjectLiving coal
dc.subjectBodily passages
dc.subjectYoung chimney sweeps in literature
dc.subjectChimney sweep health in literature
dc.subjectDwelling in toxic places
dc.subjectDwelling places
dc.subjectSlow violence
dc.subjectBodily erasure
dc.titleLiving coal : Robert Boyle, John Holland, and the bodily passages of chimney sweep literature, 1684-1824
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentEnglish
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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