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The Economy of Literature : Softshell Bks. - Marc Shell

The Economy of Literature

Softshell Bks.

Paperback Published: 1st September 1993
ISBN: 9780801846946
Number Of Pages: 192
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Why did coinage, tyranny, and philosophy develop in the same time and place? Marc Shell explores how both money and language give "worth" by providing a medium of exchange, how the development of money led to a revolution in philosophical thought and language, and how words transform mere commodities into symbols at once aesthetic and practical. Offering carefully documented interpretations of texts from Heraclitus, Herodotus, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, and Ruskin, Shell demonstrates the kinship between literary and economic theory and production, introduces new methods of analyzing texts, and shows how literary and philosophical fictions can help us understand the world in which we live.

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Shell demonstrates that the economic thought of any historical period works in its literature far more problematically-and more profoundly-than a traditional description of economic influence can suggest. * Poetics Today * A unique study of the relationship between literature and matters economic from Ancient Greece to our own times. * The Independent * Stimulating and valuable. * Comparative Literature *

List of Plates
Introductionp. 1
The Ring of Gygesp. 11
The Language of Character: An Introduction to a Poetics of Monetary Inscriptionsp. 63
The Golden Fleece and the Voice of the Shuttle: Economy in Literary Theoryp. 89
The Lie of the Fox: Rousseau's Theory of Verbal, Monetary, and Political Representationp. 113
John Ruskin and the Political Economy of Literaturep. 129
Conclusionp. 152
Platesp. 157
Indexesp. 167
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ISBN: 9780801846946
ISBN-10: 0801846943
Series: Softshell Bks.
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st September 1993
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.28