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Literature Incorporated: The Cultural Unconscious of the Business Corporation, 1650-1850

John O'Brien


This book treats the business corporation as an imaginative construct, a fiction that informs other fictions and exerts agency in the world. The book uses literary texts--novels, plays, poetry--as well as economic texts by writers as varied as Karl Marx, Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes, and Ronald Coase, to explore what it calls the cultural unconscious of the business corporation during its rise to autonomy in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Emerging out of the “incorporated” institutions of the Middle Ages, the towns, guilds, universities, and charities that were given ... More

Keywords: literature, economics, law, history, corporation, incorporation, political economy, ideology, new economic criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226291123
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226291260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John O'Brien, author
University of Virginia