Will kindly gave me a proof copy. It provides a very interesting approach to the topic, including an intriguing reading of King Lear, substantial discussion of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and James Joyce’s Ulysses, works of art and ruins, and engagement with speculative realism, Heidegger, Latour, Mary Douglas, anthropology and urban studies. It should be of wide interest.
Why are people so interested in what they and others throw away? This book shows how this interest in what we discard is far from new — it is integral to how we make, build and describe our lived environment. As this wide-ranging new study reveals, waste has been a polarizing topic for millennia and has been treated as a rich resource by artists, writers, philosophers and architects. Drawing on the works of Giorgio Agamben, T.S. Eliot, Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, James Joyce, Bruno Latour and many others, Waste: A Philosophy of Things investigates the complexities of waste in sculpture, literature and architecture. It traces a new philosophy of things from the ancient to the modern and will be of interest to those working in cultural and literary studies, archaeology, architecture and continental philosophy.