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The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics

Edited by Matt Seybold, Michelle Chihara


424 pages

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Hardback: 9781138190870
pub: 2018-10-02
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The study of literature and economics is by no means a new one, but since the financial crash of 2008, the field has grown considerably with a broad range of both fiction and criticism. The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics is the first authoritative guide tying together the seemingly disparate areas of literature and economics.

Drawing together 37 critics, the Companion offers both an introduction and a springboard to this sometimes complex but highly relevant field. With sections on ‘Critical Traditions’, ‘Histories’, ‘Principles’ and ‘Contemporary Culture’, the book looks at examples from Medieval and Renaissance literature through to poetry of the Great Depression and novels depicting the 2008 financial crisis. Covering topics from Austen to austerity, Marxism to modernism, the collated essays offer indispensable analysis of the relationship between literary studies and the economy.

Representing a wide spectrum of approaches this book introduces the basics of economics, whilst engaging with essential theory and debate. As the reality of economic hardship and disparity is widely acknowledged and spreads across disciplines, this Companion offers students and scholars a chance to enter this crucially important interdisciplinary area.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction PART 1: Critical Traditions 2. What is Literary Knowledge of Economy? 3. The Politics of Form and Poetics of Identity in Postwar American Poetry 4. Rhetorical Economics 5. Labor without Value, Language at a Price: Towards a Narrative Poetics for the Financial Turn PART 2: Histories 6. Premodern Economics 7. John Smith & The Virus of Trade 8. Gothic Economies 9. The Print Revolution & Paper Money 10. The Economics of American Literary Realism 11. Women’s Writing & The Mainstreaming of Political Economy 12. Modernism & Macroeconomics 13. American Modernism & The Crash of 1929 14. Friedrich Hayek & The Pleasures of Liberal Thought in Modern Japan 15. Free Trade Masculinity and The Literature of NAFTA PART 3: Principles 16. Asymmetric Information 17. Black Markets 18. Classical Economics 19. Consumption 20. Corporate Space 21. Energy 22. Financialization 23. Globalization 24. Inflation 25. Keynes & Keynesianism 26. Neoclassical Economics 27. Neoliberalism 28. Real Estate 29. Reproduction 30. Secular Stagnation 31. Social Want 32. Speculation PART 4: Contemporary Culture 33. "The Real Home of Capitalism": The AOL Time Warner Merger and Capital Flight 34. Hamilton, Credit, & American Enterprise 35. Global Finance & Scale 36. Behavioral Economics & Genre 37. Serialization in the Age of Finance Capitalism

About the Editors

Matt Seybold is an Assistant Professor of American Literature and Mark Twain Studies at the University of Alabama, USA. He publishes on American literature and economics.

Michelle Chihara is an Assistant Professor of English at Whittier College, USA, as well as Section Editor of the Finance & Economic section of The Los Angeles Review of Books. She publishes both fiction and non-fiction, with emphasis on economics, finance, and contemporary culture.

About the Series

Routledge Literature Companions

Field-defining volumes in new and exciting areas of literary studies. These volumes are ideal introductions for beginners, or handy volumes for those already working in the field: summarising current scholarship, whilst pushing the boundaries of emerging trends they are must-have collections.

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