The Speculative World of Sanditon

  • Sarah Comyn
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Culture and Economics book series (PSLCE)


Comyn argues that Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon (written 1817) provides insights into the changes taking place within the British economy and the reconceptualisation of value. Through a comparative analysis with David Ricardo’s Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817), Comyn demonstrates how Sanditon explores the disquietude surrounding the ongoing suspension of note convertibility, enacted by the Bank Restriction Act of 1797. This chapter argues that Sanditon also implicitly portrays homo economicus as a failed reader in a speculative economy, where the categories of use value and exchange value are perpetually confused.

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  • Sarah Comyn
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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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