Money, Language, and Thought: Literary and Philosophic Economies from the Medieval to the Modern Era

Money, Language, and Thought: Literary and Philosophic Economies from the Medieval to the Modern Era

by Marc Shell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801846935

ISBN-13: 9780801846939

Pub. Date: 09/01/1993

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

In Money, Language, and Thought, Marc Shell explores the interactions between linguistic and economic production as they inform discourse from Chretien de Troyes to Heidegger. Close readings of works such as the medieval grail legends, The Merchant of Venice, Goethe's Faust, and Poe's "The Gold Bug" reveal how discourse has responded to the dissociation of

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In Money, Language, and Thought, Marc Shell explores the interactions between linguistic and economic production as they inform discourse from Chretien de Troyes to Heidegger. Close readings of works such as the medieval grail legends, The Merchant of Venice, Goethe's Faust, and Poe's "The Gold Bug" reveal how discourse has responded to the dissociation of symbol from thing characteristic of money, and how the development of increasingly symbolic currencies has involved changes in the meaning of meaning.

Pursuing his investigations into the modern era, Shell points out significant internalization of economic form in Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger. He demonstrates how literature and philosophy have been driven to account self-critically for a "money of the mind" that pervades all discourse, and concludes the book with a discomforting thesis about the cultural and political limits of literature and philosophy in the modern world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801846939
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1993
Series:
Softshell Books
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
1,248,487
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: From Electrum to Electricity1
1The Gold Bug: Introduction to "the Industry of Letters" in America5
Monetary and Aesthetic Theory5
The Bug for Gold8
The Humbug: Entomological Specimen, Species of Madness, and Specie10
From Nothing to Something14
The Goolah Bug: Linguistic Goolah and Monetary Goole18
Last Words22
2The Blank Check: Accounting for the Grail24
Dearth and Plenitude27
Promise and Delivery29
An Exchange Contract32
Ideal and Real Estate34
Checking Out the Eucharist39
3The Wether and the Ewe: Verbal Usury in The Merchant of Venice47
Use, Ewes, and Iewes48
From Courtship to Court55
My Purse, My Person60
Cancellations69
Redemption?76
4Language and Property: The Economics of Translation in Goethe's Faust84
Translation84
Wealth and Poetry91
Paper Money and Language99
The Evocation of Helen111
The Law of the Fist (Faustrecht)117
The Dead Pledge (Faustpfand)121
The Dialectical Plot126
5Money of the Mind: Dialectic and Monetary Form in Kant and Hegel131
Suppression and Adequation in Kant133
Against Formalism137
Sublation and the Modus Tollens139
Checkers and Cheeks142
The Difference147
Putting Hegel Down150
6"What is Truth?": Lessing's Numismatics and Heidegger's Alchemy156
Nathan the Wise157
On the Essence of Truth162
On the Epigram170
Conclusion179
App. I: Beyond Chrysography191
App. II: Likeness and Likelihood194
App. III: The Money Complex of Psychoanalysis196
Index227

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