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Author Sherman, Sandra.
Title Finance and fictionality in the early eighteenth century : accounting for Defoe / Sandra Sherman.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Author Sherman, Sandra.
Subject Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731 -- Knowledge and learning -- Economics.
Economics -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Finance -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Economics in literature.
Finance in literature.
Fiction -- Technique.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 222 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-220) and index.
Contents 1. Credit and its discontents: the credit/fiction homology -- 2. Defoe and fictionality -- 3. Credit and honesty in The Compleat English Tradesman -- 4. Fictions of stability -- 5. Lady Credit's reprise: Roxana.
Summary In the early eighteenth century, the increasing dependence of society on financial credit provoked widespread anxiety. The texts of credit - stock certificates, IOUs, bills of exchange - were denominated as potential 'fictions', while the potential fictionality of other texts was measured in terms of the 'credit' they deserved. Sandra Sherman argues that in this environment finance is like fiction, employing the same tropes. She goes on to show how the work of Daniel Defoe epitomised the market's capacity to unsettle discourse, demanding and evading 'honesty' at the same time. Defoe's Ĺ“uvre, straddling both finance and literature, theorizes the disturbance of market discourse, elaborating strategies by which an author can remain in the market, perpetrating fiction while avoiding responsibility for doing so.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 058503012X (electronic bk.)
9780585030128 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 42329500
Additional Format Print version: Sherman, Sandra. Finance and fictionality in the early eighteenth century. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996 0521481546 (DLC) 95009217 (OCoLC)32551239

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