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Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain

Mary Poovey


How did banking, borrowing, investing, and even losing money—in other words, participating in the modern financial system—come to seem like routine activities of everyday life? This book addresses this question by examining the history of financial instruments and representations of finance in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Chronicling the process by which some of our most important conceptual categories were naturalized, the author explores complex relationships among forms of writing that are not usually viewed together, from bills of exchange and bank checks, to realist novels ... More

Keywords: banking, borrowing, investing, losing money, modern financial system, financial instruments, representations of finance, eighteenth-century Britain, nineteenth-century Britain, bills of exchange

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226675329
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Poovey, author