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Why did coinage, tyranny, and philosophy develop in the same time and place? Marc Shell explores how both money and language give worth by providing a medium of exchange, how the development of money led to a revolution in philosophical thought and language, and how words transform mere commodities into symbols at once aesthetic and practical. Offering carefully documented interpretations of texts from Heraclitus, Herodotus, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, and Ruskin, Shell demonstrates the kinship between literary and economic theory and production, introduces new methods of analyzing texts, and shows how literary and philosophical fictions can help us understand the world in which we live.

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A unique study of the relationship between literature and matters economic from Ancient Greece to our own times.-- The Independent.

Shell demonstrates that the economic thought of any historical period works in its literature far more problematically--and more profoundly--than a traditional description of economic influence can suggest.-- Poetics Today.

Marc Shell explores how both money and language give worth by providing a medium of exchange; how the development of money led to a revolution in philosophical thought and language; and how words transform mere commodities into symbols at once aesthetic and practical.

Stimulating and valuable.-- Comparative Literature.

Softshell Books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801820304
Author:
Shell, Marc
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
Money
Subject:
Economics in literature
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 262
Publication Date:
c1978
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
ix, 176 p.

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Product details ix, 176 p. pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801820304 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A unique study of the relationship between literature and matters economic from Ancient Greece to our own times.-- The Independent.

Shell demonstrates that the economic thought of any historical period works in its literature far more problematically--and more profoundly--than a traditional description of economic influence can suggest.-- Poetics Today.

Marc Shell explores how both money and language give worth by providing a medium of exchange; how the development of money led to a revolution in philosophical thought and language; and how words transform mere commodities into symbols at once aesthetic and practical.

Stimulating and valuable.-- Comparative Literature.

Softshell Books.

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