|Instructor Info:||Daniel Block|
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This course analyzes the British culture of capital through its defining literary tropes. We study the ways in which literary culture both reflects and produces the economic system of modern capitalism. How does literature shape the meaning of industrialization, urbanization, slavery, and empire? To what extent does nineteenth-century cultural history continue to inform contemporary society?
To address these questions, the seminar explores a range of topics: among them, Malthus’s fear that society requires more food than it can produce, Wheatley’s and Equiano’s experience as human capital, Marx’s analysis of commodity fetishism and the alienation of labor, Dickens’s critique of laissez-faire economics, Stoker’s vampire and the professionals who combat him, Carroll’s bizarre world of living objects, and Haggard’s exploration of imperialist desire.
Enduring goals: On completing this course, students are able…
Schedule: Asterisks (**) indicate that the reading is posted to Moodle. Print out a hard copy of each e-text and bring it to class on the assigned day
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