Victorian Literature and Finance

Hardcover | April 22, 2007

EditorFrancis OGorman

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Victorian Britain offered to the globe an economic structure of unique complexity. The trading nation, at the heart of a great empire, developed the practices of advanced capitalism - currency, banking, investment, money markets, business practices and theory, intellectual property legislation- from which the financial systems of the contemporary world emerged. Cultural forms in Victorian Britain transacted with high capitalism in a variety of ways but literary critics interested in economics have traditionally been preoccupied either with writers' hostility to industrial capitalism interms of its shaping of class, or with the development of consumerism. Victorian Literature and Finance is the first extended study to take seriously the relationships between literary forms and those more complex discourses of Victorian high finance. These essays move beyond the examination ofliterature that was merely impatient with the perceived consequences of capitalism to analyse creative relationships between culture and economic structures. Considering such topics as the nature of currency, women and the culture of investment, the profits of a modern media age, the dramatizationof risk on the Victorian stage, the practice of realism in relation to business theory, the culture of speculation at the end of the century, and arguments about the uncomfortable relationship between literary and financial capital, Victorian Literature and Finance sets new terms for understandingand theorizing the relationship between high finance and literary writing in the nineteenth century.

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Victorian Britain offered to the globe an economic structure of unique complexity. The trading nation, at the heart of a great empire, developed the practices of advanced capitalism - currency, banking, investment, money markets, business practices and theory, intellectual property legislation- from which the financial systems of the c...

Francis O'Gorman is Reader in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds, UK. He has written widely across the Victorian period and his books include iLate Ruskin: New Contexts/i (2001); iRuskin and Gender/i (co-edited with Dinah Birch, 2002), and iThe Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the Tradition/i (co-edited ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:April 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199281920

ISBN - 13:9780199281923

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Francis O'Gorman: Introduction1. Nicholas Shrimpton: 'Even these metallic problems have their melodramatic side': Money in Victorian Literature2. Gordon Bigelow: Inside Out: Value and Display in Thomas De Quincey and Isaac Butt3. Catherine Seville: Edward Bulwer Lytton Dreams of Copyright: 'It might make me a rich man'4. Alison Chapman: 'Vulgar needs': Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Profit, and Literary Value5. Jane Moody: The Drama of Capital: Risk, Belief, and Liability on the Victorian Stage6. Nancy Henry: 'Ladies do it?': Victorian Women Investors in Fact and Fiction7. Tara McGann: Literary Realism in the Wake of Business Cycle Theory: iThe Way We Live Now/i (1875)8. Francis O'Gorman: Speculative Fictions and the Fortunes of H. Rider Haggard9. Josephine M. Guy: Cultural iversus/i Financial Capital: Defining Literary Value at the iFin de Siecle/i