From Political Economy to Economics through Nineteenth-Century Literature

Reclaiming the Social

  • Elaine Hadley
  • Audrey Jaffe
  • Sarah Winter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Elaine Hadley, Audrey Jaffe, Sarah Winter
    Pages 1-25
  3. Labor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Elaine Hadley
      Pages 29-57
    3. Zachary Samalin
      Pages 59-83
    4. Gordon Bigelow
      Pages 85-105
  4. Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Ayşe Çelikkol
      Pages 109-128
    3. Deanna K. Kreisel
      Pages 129-149
  5. Property

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Audrey Jaffe
      Pages 153-172
    3. Clare V. Eby
      Pages 173-194
  6. Value

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Amanpal Garcha
      Pages 197-218
    3. Mukti Lakhi Mangharam
      Pages 219-242
    4. Sarah Winter
      Pages 243-265
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-287

About this book


Focusing on the transition from political economy to economics, this volume seeks to restore social content to economic abstractions through readings of nineteenth-century British and American literature. The essays gathered here, by new as well as established scholars of literature and economics, link important nineteenth-century texts and histories with present-day issues such as exploitation, income inequality, globalization, energy consumption, property ownership and rent, human capital, corporate power, and environmental degradation. Organized according to key concepts for future research, the collection has a clear interdisciplinary, humanities approach and international reach.  These diverse essays will interest students and scholars in literature, history, political science, economics, sociology, law, and cultural studies, in addition to readers generally interested in the Victorian period.


economic humanities nineteenth-century political economy Victorian studies economics human capital income inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • Elaine Hadley
    • 1
  • Audrey Jaffe
    • 2
  • Sarah Winter
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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