Figures of Finance Capitalism: Writing, Class and Capital in Mid-Victorian Narratives / Edition 1

Figures of Finance Capitalism: Writing, Class and Capital in Mid-Victorian Narratives / Edition 1

by Borislav Knezevic, Knezevic Borisl, B. Knezevic
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415943183

ISBN-13: 9780415943185

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Figures of Finance Capitalism brings into focus Victorian narratives by major middle-class writers in which the workings of finance capitalism are prominently featured, and reads this interest in finance capitalism in the context of middle-class misgivings about a class system still dominated by a patrician elite. This book illustrates the centrality of

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Figures of Finance Capitalism brings into focus Victorian narratives by major middle-class writers in which the workings of finance capitalism are prominently featured, and reads this interest in finance capitalism in the context of middle-class misgivings about a class system still dominated by a patrician elite. This book illustrates the centrality of finance capitalism to the mid-Victorian middle-class social imagination by discussing a selection of major Victorian texts by Dickens, Gaskell, Thackeray and Macaulay. In so doing, it draws on several new perspectives on British history, as offered in the work of historians such as Tom Nairn, David Cannadine, and P.J. Cain and A.G. Hopkins. Articulating the basic coordinates for a new sociology of mid-Victorian literature, Borislav Knezevic views texts through the prism of the mid-Victorian literary field and its negotiations of the contemporary field of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415943185
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Novel, the Class System, and Finance Capital3
Ch. 1A Historian in the Literary Marketplace: T. B. Macaulay, the English Constitution, and Finance Capitalism55
Ch. 2Gentility, Capitalism, and Mapping the Nation in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford87
Ch. 3The Middle Class and the Novel in W. M. Thackeray's The Newcomes113
Ch. 4Banking on Sentiments: A Melodramatic Civil Society in Little Dorrit and A Tale of Two Cities147
Afterword189
Notes195
Works Cited221
Index227

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