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Victorian Literature and Finance$
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Francis O’Gorman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281923.001.0001

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Victorian Literature and Finance

Francis O’Gorman

Oxford University Press

This book is about the connections between Victorian literature and the Victorian world of finance — its instruments, practices, theories, laws. The essays here explore relationships between the two activities of high capitalism and Victorian literary imagining, and ponder their cross-over narratives, cognate forms of thought, and interrelationships of discourses. Prominent discussions of literature and economics in the Victorian period have explored the two fundamentals of traditional economic theory in relation to art and art theory. However, the present book looks, broadly, at capitalism in the Victorian period from other angles because it moves beyond relations of production/consumption to the more complex structures of 19th-century advanced capitalism in its historical moment.

Keywords:   Victorian literature, finance, Britain, capitalism, economics, money, copyright, profit, women investors, business cycle theory

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