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Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siecle: Libidinal Lives - Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature (Hardback)
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Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siecle: Libidinal Lives - Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 214 Pages / Published: 17/11/2015
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This volume marks the first sustained study to interrogate how and why issues of sexuality, desire, and economic processes intersect in the literature and culture of the Victorian fin de siecle. At the end of the nineteenth-century, the move towards new models of economic thought marked the transition from a marketplace centred around the fulfilment of `needs' to one ministering to anything that might, potentially, be desired. This collection considers how the literature of the period meditates on the interaction between economy and desire, doing so with particular reference to the themes of fetishism, homoeroticism, the literary marketplace, social hierarchy, and consumer culture. Drawing on theoretical and conceptual approaches including queer theory, feminist theory, and gift theory, contributors offer original analyses of work by canonical and lesser-known writers, including Oscar Wilde, A.E. Housman, Baron Corvo, Vernon Lee, Michael Field, and Lucas Malet. The collection builds on recent critical developments in fin-de-siecle literature (including major interventions in the areas of Decadence, sexuality, and gender studies) and asks, for instance, how did late nineteenth-century writing schematise the libidinal and somatic dimensions of economic exchange? How might we define the relationship between eroticism and the formal economies of literary production/performance? And what relation exists between advertising/consumer culture and (dissident) sexuality in fin-de-siecle literary discourses? This book marks an important contribution to 19th-Century and Victorian literary studies, and enhances the field of fin-de-siecle studies more generally.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138826342
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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"Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siecle draws attention to the rich field of study available through examining literary mediations on the interactions between economy and desire at the end of the nineteenth century. This book is eminently readable, academically rigorous, and offers contributions to multiple disciplines. The collection invites further research with its enthusiastic and generous tone, and its idiosyncratic approach." - Louise Benson James, University of Bristol

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