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Finance and fictionality in the early eighteenth century : accounting for Defoe

Author: Sandra Sherman
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the early eighteenth century, the increasing dependence of society on financial credit provoked widespread anxiety. The texts of credit - stock certificates, IOUs, bills of exchange - were denominated as potential "fictions," while the potential fictionality of other texts was measured in terms of the "credit" they deserved. Sandra Sherman argues that in this environment finance is like fiction, employing the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra Sherman
ISBN: 0521481546 9780521481540
OCLC Number: 32551239
Description: xii, 222 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Credit and its discontents: the credit/fiction homology --
2. Defoe and fictionality --
3. Credit and honesty in The Compleat English Tradesman --
4. Fictions of stability --
5. Lady Credit's reprise: Roxana.
Responsibility: Sandra Sherman.
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In the early eighteenth century, the increasing dependence of society on financial credit led to a blurring of the distinctions between finance and fictionality. The work of Daniel Defoe, which  Read more...

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"Sherman presents a rich reading of a central problem for those who would confront Defoe's fictional and quasi-fictional work..." 1650-1850

 
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