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Fiction and Economy
Edited by Susan Bruce and Valeria Wagner
 
 
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15 Jun 2007
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The essays in this volume seek to participate in the current, and growing, debate concerning the intersections of fictional and economic discourses. They offer a productive complement to approaches that consider the study of the economy to be fundamental to literary studies, by emphasising how literary thought can throw light on the extent to which the economy is itself a fiction. All contributors come from the field of literary studies, and all show an awareness of the rhetorical and narrative articulations of the economy, addressing the fictional basis of the economy as we know it, and the manner in which meaning is articulated according (but also counter) to the principles at work in these economic fictions. The discussion developed throughout the collection, however, extends beyond literary texts to films, philosophical works and historical and legal discourses, all of which are shown to be permeated by the imaginary make-up of the economy.


Description

The essays in this volume seek to participate in the current, and growing, debate concerning the intersections of fictional and economic discourses. They offer a productive complement to approaches that consider the study of the economy to be fundamental to literary studies, by emphasising how literary thought can throw light on the extent to which the economy is itself a fiction. All contributors come from the field of literary studies, and all show an awareness of the rhetorical and narrative articulations of the economy, addressing the fictional basis of the economy as we know it, and the manner in which meaning is articulated according (but also counter) to the principles at work in these economic fictions. The discussion developed throughout the collection, however, extends beyond literary texts to films, philosophical works and historical and legal discourses, all of which are shown to be permeated by the imaginary make-up of the economy.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Fiction and Economy; S.Bruce & V.Wagner
Supreme Fictions: Money and Words as Commodifying Signifiers; R.Waswo
Trafficking Words; M.Bridges
The Stain of the Signature; P.de Bolla
Semiotics and Economics; G.Colaizzi & J.Talens
'Parties in Converse': Literary and Economic Dialogue in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet; M.Thornton Burnett
The Fabric of Society: Money, Cloth and Symbolic Exchanges in Njal's Saga; F.L.Michelet
'There's none/ Can truly say he gives, if he receives': Timon of Athens and the Possibilities of Generosity, or, The Gift of a Stranger; S.Bruce
Spend, Spend, Spend: Expenditure and Waste in Hegel, Bataille, Derrida; R.Sellars
Towards a General Economics of Cinema; B.Bennett
Index


Authors

SUSAN BRUCE is Senior Lecturer in English at Keele University, UK. She has taught at the universities of Florence, Geneva and St Andrews, and is the editor of Three Early Modern Utopias (1997) and Shakespeare: King Lear (1997).

VALERIA WAGNER is maître d'enseignement et recherche at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where she teaches in the Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature programmes. Her publications include Literatura y vida cotidiana. Ficción e imaginario en las Américas (2005) and Bound to Act: Models of Action, Dramas of Inaction (1999).