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George Eliot and Money
Economics, Ethics and Literature

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107057210

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  • Unlike other Victorian novelists George Eliot rarely incorporated stock market speculation and fraud into her plots, but meditations on money, finance and economics, in relation both to individual ethics and to wider social implications, infuse her novels. This volume examines Eliot's understanding of money and economics, its bearing on her moral and political thought, and the ways in which she incorporated that thought into her novels. It offers a detailed account of Eliot's intellectual engagements with political economy, utilitarianism, and the new liberalism of the 1870s, and also her practical dealings with money through her management of household and business finances and, in later years, her considerable investments in stocks and shares. In a wider context, it presents a detailed study of the ethics of economics in nineteenth-century England, tracing the often uncomfortable relationship between morality and economic utility experienced by intellectuals of the period.

    • The first full-length study of George Eliot's relationship to money, finance and economics
    • Casts new light on George Eliot's novels, including Middlemarch, Felix Holt and Romola
    • The author is an expert in both literature and finance
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107057210
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'A subject of which I know so little': George Eliot and political economy
    2. 'Intentions of stern thrift': the formation of a vernacular economics
    3. 'A money-getting profession': negotiating the commerce of literature
    4. Calculating consequences: Felix Holt and the limits of utilitarianism
    5. Testing the Kantian pillars: debt obligations and financial imperatives in Middlemarch
    6. Being good and doing good with money: incorporating the bourgeois virtues
    7. The individual and the State: economic sociology in Romola
    8. The politics of wealth: new liberalism and the pathologies of economic individualism
    Appendix A. George Eliot's final stock portfolio, 1880
    Appendix B. Was Edward Tulliver made bankrupt? An analysis of his financial downfall

  • Author

    Dermot Coleman
    Dermot Coleman gained his doctorate at Exeter University and is a founding partner of SISU Capital, a London-based investment management company. He is a contributor to George Eliot in Context (Cambridge, 2013) and acts as a reviewer for the journal Nineteenth-Century Literature.

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