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The Resource The vulgar question of money : heiresses, materialism, and the novel of manners from Jane Austen to Henry James, Elsie B. Michie

The vulgar question of money : heiresses, materialism, and the novel of manners from Jane Austen to Henry James, Elsie B. Michie

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The vulgar question of money : heiresses, materialism, and the novel of manners from Jane Austen to Henry James
Title
The vulgar question of money
Title remainder
heiresses, materialism, and the novel of manners from Jane Austen to Henry James
Statement of responsibility
Elsie B. Michie
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
It is a familiar story line in nineteenth-century English novels: a hero must choose between money and love, between the wealthy, materialistic, status-conscious woman who could enhance his social position and the poorer, altruistic, independent-minded woman whom he loves. Elsie B. Michie explains what this common marriage plot reveals about changing reactions to money in British culture. It was in the novel that writers found space to articulate the anxieties surrounding money that developed along with the rise of capitalism in nineteenth-century England. Michie focuses in particular on the character of the wealthy heiress and how she, unlike her male counterpart, represents the tensions in British society between the desire for wealth and advancement and the fear that economic development would blur the traditional boundaries of social classes. Michie explores how novelists of the period captured with particular vividness England's ambivalent emotional responses to its own financial successes and engaged questions identical to those raised by political economists and moral philosophers. Each chapter reads a novelist alongside a contemporary thinker, tracing the development of capitalism in Britain: Jane Austen and Adam Smith and the rise of commercial society, Frances Trollope and Thomas Robert Malthus and industrialism, Anthony Trollope and Walter Bagehot and the political influence of money, Margaret Oliphant and John Stuart Mill and professionalism and managerial capitalism, and Henry James and Georg Simmel and the shift of economic dominance from England to America. Even the great romantic novels of the nineteenth century cannot disentangle themselves from the vulgar question of money. Michie's fresh reading of the marriage plot, and the choice between two women at its heart, shows it to be as much about politics and economics as it is about personal choice
Cataloging source
DLC
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1948-
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Michie, Elsie B.
Index
index present
LC call number
PR878.M38
LC item number
M53 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English fiction
  • Material culture in literature
  • Money in literature
  • Material culture
  • Great Britain
Label
The vulgar question of money : heiresses, materialism, and the novel of manners from Jane Austen to Henry James, Elsie B. Michie
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-292) and index
Contents
Vulgarity, wealth, and gender -- Rich woman/poor woman : an anthropology of the nineteenth-century marriage plot -- Social distinction in Jane Austen -- Frances Trollope and the problem of appetite -- Anthony Trollope's "subtle materialism" -- Margaret Oliphant and the professional ideal -- Henry James and the end of the marriage plot -- From Pemberley to Manderley
Control code
690904691
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 303 p.
Isbn
9781421401867
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010050251
System control number
(OCoLC)690904691
Label
The vulgar question of money : heiresses, materialism, and the novel of manners from Jane Austen to Henry James, Elsie B. Michie
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-292) and index
Contents
Vulgarity, wealth, and gender -- Rich woman/poor woman : an anthropology of the nineteenth-century marriage plot -- Social distinction in Jane Austen -- Frances Trollope and the problem of appetite -- Anthony Trollope's "subtle materialism" -- Margaret Oliphant and the professional ideal -- Henry James and the end of the marriage plot -- From Pemberley to Manderley
Control code
690904691
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 303 p.
Isbn
9781421401867
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010050251
System control number
(OCoLC)690904691

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