Ford, Jane ORCID: 0000-0002-6090-9369, Edwards Keates, Kim ORCID: 0000-0001-8551-6679 and Pulham, Patricia (2015) Introduction. In: Ford, Jane ORCID: 0000-0002-6090-9369, Edwards Keates, Kim ORCID: 0000-0001-8551-6679 and Pulham, Patricia, (eds.) Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives. Routledge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature . Routledge, New York. ISBN 978-1138826342

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This volume marks the first sustained study to interrogate how and why issues of sexuality, desire, and economic processes intersect in the literature and culture of the Victorian fin de siècle. At the end of the nineteenth-century, the move towards new models of economic thought marked the transition from a marketplace centred around the fulfilment of ‘needs’ to one ministering to anything that might, potentially, be desired. This collection considers how the literature of the period meditates on the interaction between economy and desire, doing so with particular reference to the themes of fetishism, homoeroticism, the literary marketplace, social hierarchy, and consumer culture. Drawing on theoretical and conceptual approaches including queer theory, feminist theory, and gift theory, contributors offer original analyses of work by canonical and lesser-known writers, including Oscar Wilde, A.E. Housman, Baron Corvo, Vernon Lee, Michael Field, and Lucas Malet.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1800-1920; Desire in Literature; Sex in Literature; Economics in Literature; English Literature; Literature and Society; Great Britain; Literary Studies; Nineteenth Century; Victorian Literature;
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Bolton School of the Arts > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Dr Kim Edwards Keates
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 07:53
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 08:20

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