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Fiction, famine, and the rise of economics in Victorian Britain and Ireland

Author: Gordon Bigelow
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Series: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 40.
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At the time of the Irish Famine, novels by Dickens and Gaskell, and commentaries on the famine, introduced a new theory of individual expression, which gradually replaced the older ideas of political economy, and became the foundation for modern concepts of capitalism based on the desires of the individual consumer.
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Bigelow, Gordon, 1963-
Fiction, famine, and the rise of economics in Victorian Britain and Ireland.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003
(DLC) 2003048558
(OCoLC)52086538
Named Person: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Bigelow
ISBN: 0511062818 9780511062810 0511121539 9780511121531 0511071272 9780511071270 9780511484728 0511484720 9780521828482 0521828481 1280161523 9781280161520
OCLC Number: 57254236
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 229 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I Origin stories and political economy, 1740-1870; CHAPTER 1 History as abstraction; CHAPTER 2 Value as signification; PART II Producing the consumer; CHAPTER 3 Market indicators: banking and housekeeping in Bleak House; CHAPTER 4 Esoteric solutions: Ireland and the colonial critique of political economy; CHAPTER 5 Toward a social theory of wealth: three novels by Elizabeth Gaskell; Conclusion; Notes; INTRODUCTION; NOTES TO PART I : OPENING; 1. HISTORY AS ABSTRACTION; 2. VALUE AS SIGNIFICATION.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 40.
Responsibility: Gordon Bigelow.

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