Synopses & Reviews
Real Money and Romanticism interprets poetry and fiction by Sir Walter Scott, John Keats, and Charles Dickens in the context of changes in the British monetary system and in the broader economy during the early nineteenth century. In this period modern systems of paper money and intellectual property became established; Matthew Rowlinson describes the consequent changes in relations between writers and publishers and shows how a new conception of material artifacts as the bearers of abstract value shaped Romantic conceptions of character, material culture, and labor. A fresh and radically different contribution to the growing field of inquiry into the economics' of literature, this is an ingenious and challenging reading of Romantic discourse from the point of view of monetary theory and history.
Shows how a new conception of money and intellectual property shaped Romantic conceptions of character, material culture, and labor.