Economics and Literature
A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach
Since the Middle Ages, literature has portrayed the economic world in poetry, drama, stories and novels. The complexity of human realities highlights crucial aspects of the economy. The nexus linking characters to their economic environment is central in a new genre, the "economic novel", that puts forth economic choices and events to narrate social behavior, individual desires, and even non-economic decisions. For many authors, literary narration also offers a means to express critical viewpoints about economic development, for example in regards to its ecological or social ramifications.
Conflicts of economic interest have social, political and moral causes and consequences. This book shows how economic and literary texts deal with similar subjects, and explores the ways in which economic ideas and metaphors shape literary texts, focusing on the analogies between economic theories and narrative structure in literature and drama. This volume also suggests that connecting literature and economics can help us find a common language to voice new, critical perspectives on crises and social change.
Written by an impressive array of experts in their fields, Economics and Literature is an important read for those who study history of economic thought, economic theory and philosophy, as well as literary and critical theory.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction and Overview
ÇINLA AKDERE AND CHRISTINE BARON AND BRUNA INGRAO
Passions and Interest: A Comparative Study of Economic Texts and Literary Masterpieces
2 Narratives of passions and finance in the 19th century
3 The passions and the interests: the Sentimental Education of Gustave Flaubert
4 Literature and Political Economy: Saint-Simon and Jean-Baptiste Say’s writings
5 Which Economic Agent Does Robinson Crusoe Represent?
6 Political Economy and utilitarianism in Dickens' Hard Times
NATHALIE SIGOT AND ÇINLA AKDERE
Economic Ideas and Metaphors in Literature: An Interdisciplinary Approach
7 Concordances and dissidences between economy and literature
8 Economics and monetary imagination in André Gide's The Counterfeiters
ÇINLA AKDERE AND CHRISTINE BARON
9 ‘I Always Wanted to Have Earned My First Dollar but I Never Had’: Gertrude Stein and Money
LAURA E. B. KEY
10 Georges Perec’s Les Choses as the Privileged Domain of Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers
Facing change: reflections of economic development and crises in historical and literary texts
11 Transforming Economic and Social Relations: Modern Economy in Novels of Uşaklıgil
REYHAN TUTUMLU SERDAR AND ALI SERDAR
12 Mechanization Experience in Agriculture in Turkey: The Pomegranate on the Knoll
SELİN SEÇİL AKIN AND IŞIL ŞİRİN SELÇUK
13 An Intertextual Analysis of the Village Novels by Village Institute Graduates: Socio-economic Scenes of the Turkish Village between 1950 and 1980
ESRA ELİF NARTOK
14 Theatre in Crisis, Theatre of Crisis: Economics and Contemporary Dram
Çinla Akdere is Lecturer of History of Economic Thought at the Department of Economics, Middle East Technical Univeristy and researcher at the Labaratory Philosophie, Histoire et Analyse des Représentations Economiques (PHARE), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.
Christine Baron is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Poitiers at Université de Poitiers, France.