Fiction, Famine, and the Rise of Economics in Victorian Britain and Ireland

Fiction, Famine, and the Rise of Economics in Victorian Britain and Ireland

by Gordon Bigelow

Paperback(Reissue)

$57.00
View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Wednesday, October 24?   Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Shipping at checkout.

Overview

Fiction, Famine, and the Rise of Economics in Victorian Britain and Ireland by Gordon Bigelow

During the Irish Famine of 1845-52, novels by Dickens and Gaskell, as well as a range of commentaries on the Irish disaster, argued for a new theory of individual expression in opposition to the systemized approach to economic life that political economy proposed. These romantic views of human subjectivity eventually provided the foundation for a new theory of capitalism based on the desires of the individual consumer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521035538
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2007
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series , #40
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Gordon Bigelow is Assistant Professor of English at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. His work has appeared in the journals ELH and New Orleans Review and in the volume Reclaiming Gender: Transgressive Identities in 19th-century Ireland (1999).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Origin Stories and Political Economy, 1740-1870: 1. History as abstraction; 2. Value as signification; Part II. Producing the Consumer: 3. Market indicators: banking and housekeeping in Bleak House; 4. Esoteric solutions: Ireland and the colonial critique of political economy; 5. Toward a social theory of wealth: three novels by Elizabeth Gaskell; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews