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Genres of the Credit EconomyMediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain$
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Mary Poovey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226675329

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226675213.001.0001

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Genres of the Credit Economy
Mary Poovey
University of Chicago Press

This book grows out of two questions that the author could not answer after writing A History of the Modern Fact: If the kind of knowledge that contemporary society values is really modern fact, then why does the discipline of literary studies matter? What can literary scholars do? This book is intended to address the issues behind this question. This introductory chapter discusses the changing perceptions of the function and value of literary studies and literary writing from the late seventeenth to the nineteenth century. An overview of the subsequent chapters is then presented.

Keywords:   literary studies, literary scholars, imaginative writing, value, function

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