Description - The Merchant of Modernism by Gary Levine
The Merchant of Modernism examines how the figure of the economic Jew symbolizes the struggle of authors from Dickens to Pound to reconcile their critique of capitalism with their own literary practices; this shifting figure parallels the development of literary Modernism. Examining the historically intense ambivalence towards the economic Jew becomes a way of reconciling post-Marxist literary and Cultural Theory with the neo-classical synthesis of mainstream economics. This approach also provides a model for the study of ethnic hatred directed at all 'middleman' economic groups. From the sudden rise of the Victorian stock market to the Great Depression, the prominence of economic Jews in the writings of Charles Dickens, George Elliot, Edith Wharton, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, Henry James, Abraham Cahan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce documents major shifts and events in capitalism, their impact on literature, and advances in economic thought.
Building upon existing scholarship on race and culture by Bryan Cheyette, Jonathan Freedman, Andrea Freud Loewenstein, and Walter Benn Michaels, The Merchant of Modernism demonstrates the forceful role of economics in shaping cultural thought and notions of race.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
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