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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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‘Even these metallic problems have their melodramatic side’: Money in Victorian Literature

‘Even these metallic problems have their melodramatic side’: Money in Victorian Literature

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(p.17) 1 ‘Even these metallic problems have their melodramatic side’: Money in Victorian Literature
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Victorian Literature and Finance
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Nicholas Shrimpton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281923.003.0002

This chapter examines Victorian literature's explicit response to money across the whole 19th century, focusing on the technical arguments about money as they figured in the modern world of Victorian finance. It also looks at the theological language often mobilized by literary writers in the earlier part of the period to understand the proper realm, the moral force, of wealth, and what ‘doing well’ might mean. It is a secular notion of money that this chapter perceives struggling to establish itself during the 19th century.

Keywords:   money, Victorian literature, finance, Britain, theology, wealth

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