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Writing and the Rise of Finance Capital Satires of the Early Eighteenth Century

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ISBN-10: 0521604486

ISBN-13: 9780521604482

Edition: N/A

Authors: Colin Nicholson, Howard Erskine-Hill, John Richetti

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The early eighteenth century saw a far-reaching financial revolution in England. In this original study, Colin Nicholson reads familiar texts such as Gulliver's Travels, The Beggar's Opera and The Dunciad as "capital satires," responding to the social and political effects of the installation of capitalist financial institutions in London. While they invested in stocks and shares, Swift, Pope and Gay conducted a campaign against the civic effects of new financial institutions such as the Bank of England and the inauguration of the National Debt. Conflict between these writers' inherited discourse of civic humanism and the transformations being undergone by their own society is shown to have…    
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
A culture of commodities: ?Trivial Things? in The Rape of the Lock
Cultivating the bubble: some investing contemporaries
?Some Very Bad Effects?: The strange case of Gulliver?s Travels
?Bilk?d of Virtue?: The Beggar?s Opera
?Abusing the City?s Best Good Men?: Pope?s poetry of the 1730s
?Illusion on the town?: Figuring out credit in The Dunciad
Bibliography
Index