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Romances of Free Trade: British Literature, Laissez-Faire, and the Global Nineteenth Century

Ayşe Çelikkol

Abstract

THis book offers a new account of the cultural work of romance in nineteenth-century Britain. The book argues that novelists and playwrights employed this genre to represent a radically new historical formation: the emergence of the global free market economy. In previous centuries, the British state had pursued an economic policy that privileged domestic goods over foreign ones. Through the first half of the nineteenth century, liberal economists maintained that commodity traffic across national borders should move outside the purview of the state, and their position gained increasing support ... More

Keywords: globalization, transnationality, free trade in literature, romance, liberalism, nineteenth-century British literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199769001
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769001.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ayşe Çelikkol, author
Bilkent University