New PDF release: The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in Political

By Catherine Gallagher

The physique Economic revises the highbrow heritage of nineteenth-century Britain via demonstrating that political economists and the writers who frequently provided themselves as their literary antagonists really held such a lot in their simple social assumptions in universal. Catherine Gallagher demonstrates that political economists and their Romantic and early-Victorian critics together relocated the belief of worth from the area of transcendent spirituality to that of natural "life," making human sensations--especially excitement and pain--the assets and indicators of that price. Classical political economic system, this ebook indicates, used to be now not a mechanical ideology yet a sort of nineteenth-century organicism, which placed the physique and its emotions on the middle of its theories, and neoclassical economics outfitted itself much more self-consciously on physiological premises.

The physique Economic explains how those shared perspectives of lifestyles, dying, and sensation contributed to shaping and have been changed via the 2 most crucial Victorian novelists: Charles Dickens and George Eliot. It finds how political economists interacted crucially with the lifestyles sciences of the 19th century--especially with psychophysiology and anthropology--producing the highbrow global that nurtured not just George Eliot's realism but additionally turn-of-the-century literary modernism.

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