Modernism and Market Fantasy: British Fictions of Capital, 1910-1939 by C. MickalitesModernism and Market Fantasy: British Fictions of Capital, 1910-1939 by C. Mickalites

Modernism and Market Fantasy: British Fictions of Capital, 1910-1939

byC. Mickalites

Hardcover | October 16, 2012

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In Modernism and Market Fantasy, Carey Mickalites explores British modernist fiction's critical designs on the changing economic culture in which it took shape. Examining work that ranges from pre-war impressionism through the late modernism of the 1930s, he shows how modernist innovation engages directly with the transitions that mark early twentieth-century capitalism. Mickalites places modernist texts in relationship to particular economic structures: an investment and finance economy that imagines endlessly inflated returns through speculative trading; the anxieties of selfhood produced by capitalist exchange and private property; advertising and fashion culture's dream worlds of perpetual self-renewal; and commercial spectacle's capacity to generate new public affects. Demonstrating that prominent modernists viewed the market as an abstract space organized around irrational fantasies and anxieties, Mickalites argues that modernism reconfigures capitalist mythologies along the fault lines of their internal contradictions in an effort to blast an increasingly reified economic culture into a new historical consciousness of itself.
CAREY JAMES MICKALITES is an assistant professor of English at the University of Memphis, USA.
Title:Modernism and Market Fantasy: British Fictions of Capital, 1910-1939Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230391524

ISBN - 13:9780230391529

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Modernism and Market Fantasy: British Fictions of Capital, 1910 – 1939Impressions of the Market: Ford, Conrad, and Modernist Investment FantasyDubliners' IOU: Joyce's Aesthetics of Exchange The Instant and the Outmoded: Wyndham Lewis, Ulysses, and the Spectacle of TimeAlienated Vision and the Will to Intimacy, or, Virginia Woolf and 'the Human Spectacle' Good Morning, Midnight: Jean Rhys's Melancholic Late ModernismConclusion

Editorial Reviews

"This smart, sophisticated, enlightening study uses the lenses of new economic criticism to examine a diverse array of texts and to reveal how modernist literature discovers systems of irrational impulses at the heart of economic behavior and theory. The book makes a welcome and original contribution to modernist criticism." - Mark Osteen, Professor of English, Loyola University Maryland, USA