The Wreckage of Intentions

The Wreckage of Intentions offers a comprehensive account of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century projects—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.

The Wreckage of Intentions
Projects in British Culture, 1660-1730

David Alff

2017 | 248 pages | Cloth $65.00
Literature | History
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Table of Contents

Introduction. What Is a Project?
Chapter 1. Improvement's Genre: Andrew Yarranton and the Rhetoric of Projection
Chapter 2. Company in Paper: Aaron Hill's Beech Oil Bust
Chapter 3. Projects Beyond Words: Undertaking Fen Drainage
Chapter 4. Inheriting the Future: Georgic's Projecting Strain
Chapter 5. Swift's Solar Gourds and the Antiproject Tradition
Coda. Imaginary Debris in Defoe's New Forest

Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments