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Real Money and Romanticism


Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107639478

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  • Real Money and Romanticism interprets poetry and fiction by Sir Walter Scott, John Keats, and Charles Dickens in the context of changes in the British monetary system and in the broader economy during the early nineteenth century. In this period modern systems of paper money and intellectual property became established; Matthew Rowlinson describes the consequent changes in relations between writers and publishers and shows how a new conception of material artefacts as the bearers of abstract value shaped Romantic conceptions of character, material culture, and labor. A fresh and radically different contribution to the growing field of inquiry into the 'economics' of literature, this is an ingenious and challenging reading of Romantic discourse from the point of view of monetary theory and history.

    • Contributes to and radically redirects a growing field of inquiry into the 'economics' of literature
    • Sets literary works in the broad historical context of the takeoff of publishing into capitalism, the transformation of intellectual property, and the changes in the monetary system in Britain in the first half of the 19th century
    • Contribution to critical methodology as well as to cultural history and to the interpretation of specific works treated
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    'Real Money and Romanticism raises questions that will be hard for economists and Romantic scholars alike to ignore.' Romantic Circles

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107639478
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: real money
    1. 'The Scotch hate gold': British identity and paper money
    2. Curiosities and the money form in the Waverley novels
    Notes on the text of the Waverley novels
    3. Keats in the hidden abode of production
    4. Reading capital with Little Nell
    5. 'To exist in a kind of allegory'
    Appendix: copyright and authorial labor in eighteenth-century Britain.

  • Author

    Matthew Rowlinson, University of Western Ontario
    Matthew Rowlinson is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches in the Department of English and at the Centre for Theory and Criticism.

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