product description page

Literature Incorporated : The Cultural Unconscious of the Business Corporation 1650-1850 (Hardcover)

Literature Incorporated : The Cultural Unconscious of the Business Corporation 1650-1850 (Hardcover) - image 1 of 1

About this item

Long before Citizens United and modern debates over corporations as people, such organizations already stood between the public and private as both vehicles for commerce and imaginative constructs based on groups of individuals. In this book, John O’Brien explores how this relationship played out in economics and literature, two fields that gained prominence in the same era.Examining British and American essays, poems, novels, and stories from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, O’Brien pursues the idea of incorporation as a trope discernible in a wide range of texts. Key authors include John Locke, Eliza Haywood, Harriet Martineau, and Edgar Allan Poe, and each chapter is oriented around a type of corporation reflected in their works, such as insurance companies or banks. In exploring issues such as whether sentimental interest is the same as economic interest, these works bear witness to capitalism’s effect on history and human labor, desire, and memory. This period’s imaginative writing, O’Brien argues, is where theunconscious of that process left its mark. By revealing the intricate ties between literary models and economic concepts,Literature Incorporated shows us how the business corporation has shaped our understanding of our social world and ourselves.
Number of Pages: 268
Genre: Literary Criticism, History
Sub-Genre: American / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: John O'Brien
Language: English
Street Date: December 29, 2015
TCIN: 51196710
UPC: 9780226291123
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-6389
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.

Guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.