The Economy of Literature

The Economy of Literature

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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 qworthq 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.... the familiar (man) in the unfamiliar (riddle) and so saved Thebes from the horrible ransom (36) it had to pay. His answer ... the great detective is also the great criminal who does not know his own being and who must pay a ransom of himself. ... 91) and vice versa, is a topos that informs even the Aristotelian Economics. Many revolutions in wealth, however, have not produced great tragedy; and as both Aristotle and Marx (Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts [ New York, 1964], pp.

Title:The Economy of Literature
Author:Marc Shell
Publisher:JHU Press - 1993-09-01


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