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Author Poovey, Mary
Title Genres of the Credit Economy : Mediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
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Note How did banking, borrowing, investing, and even losing money-in other words, participating in the modern financial system-come to seem likeroutine activities of everydaylife? Genres of the Credit Economy addressesthis question by examining the history of financial instruments and representations of finance in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Chronicling the process by which some of our most important conceptual categories were naturalized, Mary Poovey explores complex relationships among forms of writing that are not usually viewed together, from bills of exchange and bank checks, to realist novels and Romantic poems, to economic theory and financial journalism. Taking up all early forms of financial and monetarywriting, Poovey argues that these genres mediated for early modern Britons the operations of a market system organized around credit and debt. By arguing that genre is a critical tool for historical and theoretical analysis and an agent in the events that formed the modern world, Poovey offers a new way to appreciate the character of the credit economy and demonstrates the contribution historians and literary scholars can make to understanding its operations. Much more than an exploration of writing on and around money, Genres of the Credit Economy offers startling insights about the evolution of disciplines and the separation of factual and fictional genres
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Poovey, Mary Genres of the Credit Economy : Mediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain Chicago : University of Chicago Press,c2008 9780226675329
Subject Finance -- Great Britain -- History.;Consumer credit -- Great Britain -- History.;Money in literature.;Money -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.;Economics and literature -- Great Britain -- History.;Literary form -- History.;English literature -- History and criticism
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