Finance and Fictionality in the Early Eighteenth Century

Finance and Fictionality in the Early Eighteenth Century

Accounting for Defoe

eBook - 1996
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Cambridge Univ Pr
Explores the blurring of distinctions between finance and fictionality through the work of Daniel Defoe.
In the early eighteenth century, the increasing dependence of society on financial credit provoked widespread anxiety. 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 the work of Daniel Defoe, which straddles both finance and literature, epitomizes the market's capacity to unsettle discourse, and to blur the distinctions between finance and fiction.

Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780585030128
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 222 p.)


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