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From Dickens to <I>Dracula</I>


  • 2 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 188 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.28 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521045797)

Ranging from the panoramic novels of Dickens to the horror of Dracula, Gail Turley Houston examines the ways in which the language and imagery of economics, commerce and banking are transformed in Victorian Gothic fiction, and traces literary and uncanny elements in economic writings of the period. Houston shows how banking crises were often linked with ghosts or inexplicable non-human forces and financial panic was figured through Gothic or supernatural means. In Little Dorrit and Villette characters are literally haunted by money, while the unnameable intimations of Dracula and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are represented alongside realist economic concerns. Houston pays particular attention to the term 'panic' as it moved between its double uses as a banking term and a defining emotion in sensational and Gothic fiction. This stimulating interdisciplinary book reveals that the worlds of Victorian economics and Gothic fiction, seemingly separate, actually complemented and enriched each other.

• Examines the rich intersections between developments in economics and literature from an interdisciplinary perspective • Illuminates economic undercurrents in texts such as Dracula and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde • Connects financial panic in economic writings of the period with the notion of panic in Gothic writing


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Banking on panic: the historical record and a theoretical frame; 2. Gothic economies in Bagehot, Marx and Lord Overstone; 3. The ghost and the accountant: investing in panic in Villette; 4. 'The whole duty of man': circulating circulation in Dickens's Little Dorrit; 5. 'Bankruptcy at my heels': Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and the bankerization of identity; 6. Bankerization panic and the corporate personality in Dracula; Notes; Index.

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