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Economics as Literature

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A rich vein of economic writings which runs through the nineteenth century and beyond is now largely ignored because its authors were women or because they favoured literary over scientific forms. Economics as Literature re-examines some of the most interesting texts from within this tradition. Willie Henderson, using analyses based on rhetoric and literary form, demonstrates that these works have both analytical and literary merit, and challenges the accepted notion of a hierarchy of knowledge based on the superiority of science.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Economics as literature: an introduction to 'literary economics' 1
2 Child's play: Maria Edgeworth and economics education 21
3 Jane Marcet's Conversations on Political Economy: a new interpretation 43
4 Harriet Martineau or 'when political economy was popular' 63
5 Thomas de Quincey reads David Ricardo 91
6 John Ruskin or the political economy of 'soul' 112
7 The problem of Edgeworth's style 131
8 Style, persuasion and The General Theory 154
Index 180
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