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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Culture and Economics

Political Economy and the Novel

A Literary History of "Homo Economicus"

Authors: Comyn, Sarah

  • Examines the history of the novel and the role economics has played
  • Contributes to new economic criticism
  • Examines canonical novels from Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Ayn Rand, and Don DeLillo
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Political Economy and the Novel: A Literary History of ‘Homo Economicus’ provides a transhistorical account of homo economicus (economic man), demonstrating this figure’s significance to economic theory and the Anglo-American novel over a 250-year period. Beginning with Adam Smith’s seminal texts – Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations – and Henry Fielding’s A History of Tom Jones, this book combines the methodologies of new historicism and new economic criticism to investigate the evolution of the homo economicus model as it traverses through Ricardian economics and Jane Austen’s Sanditon; J. S. Mill and Charles Dickens’ engagement with mid-Victorian dualities; Keynesianism and Mrs Dalloway’s exploration of post-war consumer impulses; the a/moralistic discourses of Friedrich von Hayek, and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged; and finally the virtual crises of the twenty-first century financial market and Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis. Through its sustained comparative analysis of literary and economic discourses, this book transforms our understanding of the genre of the novel and offers critical new understandings of literary value, cultural capital and the moral foundations of political economy.


About the authors

Sarah Comyn is Postdoctoral Fellow on the ERC-funded project SouthHem at University College Dublin, Ireland.


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Political Economy and the Novel: A Literary History of ‘Homo Economicus’ offers an engaging, well-researched, and original look at the reciprocal relationship between economic theory and imaginative literature, beginning with Adam Smith and Tom Jones in the 18th-century and ending with cryptocurrencies in the 21st century. Sarah Comyn showcases the impressive breadth and scope of economic thinking over a range of historical periods and across national borders, and offers exciting new ways of thinking about liberal individualism, character, and the novel. ” (Lana Dalley, Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, CSU Fullerton, USA)

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eBook $69.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Economy and the Novel
Book Subtitle
A Literary History of "Homo Economicus"
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Culture and Economics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94325-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94325-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94324-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 283
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