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Author Mickalites, Carey James

Title Modernism and market fantasy : British fictions of capital, 1910-1939 / Carey James Mickalites
Published Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012


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Contents Introduction: Modernism and Market Fantasy: British Fictions of Capital, 1910-1939 -- Impressions of the Market: Ford, Conrad, and Modernist Investment Fantasy -- Dubliners' IOU: Joyce's Aesthetics of Exchange -- The Instant and the Outmoded: Wyndham Lewis, Ulysses, and the Spectacle of Time -- Alienated Vision and the Will to Intimacy, or, Virginia Woolf and 'the Human Spectacle' -- Good Morning, Midnight: Jean Rhys's Melancholic Late Modernism -- Conclusion
Summary In "Modernism and Market Fantasy", Carey Mickalites explores British modernist fiction's critical designs on the changing economic culture in which it took shape. Examining work that ranges from pre-war impressionism through the late modernism of the 1930s, he shows how modernist innovation engages directly with the transitions that mark early twentieth-century capitalism. Mickalites places modernist texts in relationship to particular economic structures: an investment and finance economy that imagines endlessly inflated returns through speculative trading; the anxieties of selfhood produced by capitalist exchange and private property; advertising and fashion culture's dream worlds of perpetual self-renewal; and commercial spectacle's capacity to generate new public affects. Demonstrating that prominent modernists viewed the market as an abstract space organized around irrational fantasies and anxieties, Mickalites argues that modernism reconfigures capitalist mythologies along the fault lines of their internal contradictions in an effort to blast an increasingly reified economic culture into a new historical consciousness of itself
Subject English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Capitalism and literature -- Great Britain
Economics in literature -- History and criticism
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain
Literary studies: from c 1900 -- English.
Literary theory -- English.
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers -- English.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Capitalism and literature.
Economics in literature.
English fiction.
Modernism (Literature)
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780230391536