Middlebury

ENGL 0310

Literature and Economy

Literature and Economy: Credit, Speculation, Fiction
Beyond its engagements with the political economy of its day, Karl Marx’s Capital is rich with allusions to literary texts—among them Dante’s Inferno, Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. In this course we will explore the imaginative aspects of classical economic thought and the economically descriptive capacities of literature. We will track their common interests in concepts of belief, credibility, and abstraction by looking (primarily) at a period that witnessed the emergence of political economy and modern literary forms like the novel—the eighteenth century. Along the way, we will hazard answers to the following question: in an age of rampant inequality and financialization, what can we learn from representations of historical crises, bubbles, and class struggles? 3 hrs. Sem
Subject:
English
Department:
English
Division:
Literature
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR LIT PHL
Equivalent Courses:

Sections in Fall 2003

Fall 2003

ENGL0310A-F03 Lecture (Siddiqi)
ENGL0310Z-F03 Discussion (Siddiqi)