Eighteenth-century Fiction And The Law Of Property by Wolfram SchmidgenEighteenth-century Fiction And The Law Of Property by Wolfram Schmidgen

Eighteenth-century Fiction And The Law Of Property

byWolfram Schmidgen

Paperback | March 9, 2006

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In Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Law of Property, Wolfram Schmidgen draws on legal and economic writings to analyze the description of houses, landscapes, and commodities in eighteenth-century fiction. His study argues that such descriptions are important to the British imagination of community. By making visible what it means to own something, they illuminate how competing concepts of property define the boundaries of the individual, of social community, and of political systems. In this way, Schmidgen recovers description as a major feature of eighteenth-century prose, and he makes his case across a wide range of authors, including Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, William Blackstone, Adam Smith, and Ann Radcliffe. The book's most incisive theoretical contribution lies in its careful insistence on the unity of the human and the material: in Schmidgen's argument, persons and things are inescapably entangled. This approach produces fresh insights into the relationship between law, literature, and economics.
Wolfram Schmidgen is Lecturer at the University of Leeds. His work has been published in ELH, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Journal of British Studies and Studies in the Novel.
Title:Eighteenth-century Fiction And The Law Of PropertyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:March 9, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521024595

ISBN - 13:9780521024594


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Communal form and the transitional culture of the eighteenth-century novel; 2. Terra nullius, cannibalism, and the natural law of appropriation in Robinson Crusoe; 3. Henry Fielding's common law of plenitude; 4. Commodity fetishism in heterogeneous spaces; 5. Ann Radcliffe and the political economy of Gothic space; 6. Scottish law and Waverley's museum of property; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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'... a provocative study which addresses some of today's most urgent theoretical and historical debates by way of insightful literary analyses.' BARS Bulletin & Review