The New Economic Criticism

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Overview

This collection brings together twenty-seven essays by influential literary and cultural historians, as well as representatives of the vanguard of postmodernist economics. Contributors include: Jean-Joseph Goux, Marc Shell. This is a pathbreaking work which develops a new form of economic analysis. It will appeal to economists and literary theorists with an interest beyond the narrower confines of their subject.

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Some of the 23 essays employ economic principles and paradigms to create new readings of literary and theoretical texts; others present new work by economists schooled in feminist, literary, and cultural theory who suggest alternatives to the constraining models that dominate neoclassicism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415149457
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/18/1999
  • Series: Economics as Social Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of plates
Notes on the contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Taking account of the New Economic Criticism: an historical introduction 3
Pt. I Language and money 51
2 The issue of representation 53
3 "I talk to everybody in their own way": Defoe's economies of identity 75
4 Buying into signs: money and semiosis in eighteenth-century German language theory 95
5 Cash, check, or charge? 114
Pt. II Critical economics 129
6 Dominant economic metaphors and the postmodern subversion of the subject 131
7 The toggling sensibility: formalism, self-consciousness, and the improvement of economics 150
8 The ends of economics 175
Pt. III Economics of the irrational 191
9 A portrait of Homo economicus as a Young Man 193
10 Banishing panic: Harriet Martineau and the popularization of political economy 210
11 "Libidinal economics": Lyotard and accounting for the unaccountable 229
Pt. IV Economic ethics: debts and bondage 243
12 Montaigne's Essais: metaphors of capital and exchange 245
13 Sade's ethical economies 258
14 Fugitive properties 277
Pt. V Economies of authorship 291
15 "A taste for more": Trollope's addictive realism 293
16 Commodifying Tennyson: the historical transformation of "brand loyalty" 307
17 Smoking, the hack, and the general equivalent 321
Pt. VI Modernism and markets 333
18 Who paid for modernism? 335
19 Rhetoric, science, and economic prophecy: John Maynard Keynes's correspondence with Franklin D. Roosevelt 352
20 A man is his bonds: The Great Gatsby and deficit spending 365
Pt. VII Critical exchanges 379
21 Literary/cultural "Economies," economic discourse, and the question of Marxism 381
22 Reply to Amariglio and Ruccio's "Literary/cultural 'economies,' economic discourse, and the question of Marxism" 401
23 Symbolic economics: adventures in the metaphorical marketplace 408
Index 420
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