Finance and Fictionality in the Early Eighteenth Century: Accounting for Defoe

Finance and Fictionality in the Early Eighteenth Century: Accounting for Defoe

by Sandra Sherman

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Finance and Fictionality in the Early Eighteenth Century: Accounting for Defoe by Sandra Sherman

In the early eighteenth century, the increasing dependence of society on financial credit provoked widespread anxiety. Texts of credit stock—certificates, IOUs, bills of exchange—were denominated as potential "fictions," while the potential fictionality of other texts was measured in terms of the "credit" they deserved. Sandra Sherman argues that the work of Daniel Defoe, which straddles both finance and literature, epitomizes the market's capacity to unsettle discourse, and to blur the distinctions between finance and fiction.

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ISBN-13: 9780521481540
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2009
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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