Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture

Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture

by Nancy Henry
     
 

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Victorian Investments explores the relationship between the financial system in Great Britain and other aspects of Victorian society and culture. Building on the special journal issue of Victorian Studies devoted to Victorian investments, this volume is the first to define an interdisciplinary field of study emerging in the space between Marxist critiques of

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Victorian Investments explores the relationship between the financial system in Great Britain and other aspects of Victorian society and culture. Building on the special journal issue of Victorian Studies devoted to Victorian investments, this volume is the first to define an interdisciplinary field of study emerging in the space between Marxist critiques of capitalism and traditional histories of business and economics. The contributors demonstrate how phenomena such as the expansion of colonial and foreign markets, the broadening of the investor base through the advent of limited liability, and the rise of financial journalism gave rise to a "culture of investment" that affected Victorian Britons at every level of society and influenced every kind of cultural production. Drawing together work by prominent historians as well as literary and cultural critics, Victorian Investments both defines the methodologies and perspectives that characterize an existing body of scholarship and pushes that scholarship in new directions, demonstrating the signal role of economic developments in Victorian culture and society.

Editorial Reviews

Victorian Studies

"Serious, ample, and provocative, the essays are an important addition to the literature of nineteenth-century finance and offer constructive consideration of a fundamental feature of the practice and myths of capitalism as we continue to live with and in them." —Victorian Studies, Vol. 52, No. 1

Journal of British Studies

"This is a generous collection in every sense of the term, commendable for the breadth of its voices and for the wealth of information it offers both newcomers to and veterans of the study of Victorian finance.... Assembling contributions from top scholars in history and literature, Henry and Schmitt offer us a diverse and highly readable volume." —Journal of British Studies, Vol. 50, No. 3, July 2011

From the Publisher

"This is a generous collection in every sense of the term, commendable for the breadth of its voices and for the wealth of information it offers both newcomers to and veterans of the study of Victorian finance.... Assembling contributions from top scholars in history and literature, Henry and Schmitt offer us a diverse and highly readable volume." —Journal of British Studies, Vol. 50, No. 3, July 2011

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253220271
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/26/2008
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Meet the Author

Nancy Henry is Professor of English at the University of Tennessee. She is author of George Eliot and the British Empire and The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot, and is co-editor of a 2002 special issue of Victorian Studies.

Cannon Schmitt is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto. He is author of Alien Nation: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Fictions and English Nationality.

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