Forgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fictions of Finance from Dickens to Wilde by S. MaltonForgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fictions of Finance from Dickens to Wilde by S. Malton

Forgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fictions of Finance from Dickens to Wilde

byS. Malton

Hardcover | March 24, 2009

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In Forgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Sara Malton insists that we fully account for the prominence of forgery in the nineteenth-century cultural imagination. Examining a range of works from Dickens to Wilde, she considers how social and legal contexts inform the shifting representation of the crime and its varied perpetrators throughout the nineteenth century. Distinct in its historical attentiveness, Forgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture illuminates the breadth of cultural issues to which this “crime of the first magnitude” is linked.

Sara Malton is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Mary’s University, where she specializes in nineteenth-century literature, culture, law, and finance. Her work has appeared in Victorian Literature and Culture, Studies in the Novel, and The European Romantic Review. She is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Social S...
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Title:Forgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fictions of Finance from Dickens to WildeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:March 24, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230612229

ISBN - 13:9780230612228

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Table of Contents

Remembering “The Hard Coinage of Punishment”: Forgery and the Legacy of Capital Legislation * “Only the Ledger Lives”: Financial Disease and Deception at Mid-Century * “Apocryphal Business”: Eroding Standards of Value At Home and Abroad * The Criminal Aesthetic: Recapturing the Forger at the Fin-de-Siècle * Toward Forgery’s Modern Manifestations                             

                       

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“Forgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture offers a fascinating, wide-ranging account of Victorian preoccupations with forgery. In the surprising persistence of that concern Malton discovers the rich figurative power of forgery, within which worries over the integrity of money and finance could be extended to virtually any system of value, including personal identity. ‘Fictions of finance’ thus include a remarkable array of Victorian novels, and Malton’s treatment of those works offers new evidence of the power of fiction to articulate the deepest concerns of social life.”—James Eli Adams, Cornell University, author of A History of Victorian Literature“This carefully researched study provides the first extended analysis of criminal forgery in Victorian literature. While others have examined forgery as a metaphor for fraudulent literary commerce, Malton shows how the crime of forgery haunts the plots of Victorian novels. By examining the interplay between a changing legal regime and the fictional representations it provoked and responded to, Malton makes an important contribution to research in law and literature.”—Simon Stern, Faculty of Law & Department of English, University of Toronto "Malton has written a provocative, thoughtful, and engaging book that makes a solid case for giving forgery its due critical respect.  Focusing on the metaphorical elements of her topic, her approach offers vivid, resonant readings of novels by Gaskell, Dickens, Trollope, Hardy, Wilde, and Arthur Conan Doyle.  Malton's book contributes meaningfully to the growing canon of Victorian financial criticism and has made this reader eager to know still more."--Rebecca Stern, University of South Carolina, Victorian Studies (Volume 52, Number 1)