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By John O'Brien

Long earlier than Citizens United and smooth debates over organisations as humans, such agencies already stood among the private and non-private as either autos for trade and inventive constructs in accordance with teams of people. during this publication, John O’Brien explores how this courting performed out in economics and literature, fields that won prominence within the related era.

Examining British and American essays, poems, novels, and tales from the 17th during the 19th centuries, O’Brien pursues the belief of incorporation as a trope discernible in a variety of texts. Key authors comprise John Locke, Eliza Haywood, Harriet Martineau, and Edgar Allan Poe, and every bankruptcy is orientated round one of those company mirrored of their works, comparable to insurance firms or banks. In exploring concerns reminiscent of no matter if sentimental curiosity is equal to fiscal curiosity, those works undergo witness to capitalism’s impression on background and human hard work, hope, and reminiscence. This period’s creative writing, O’Brien argues, is the place the unconscious of that method left its mark. by means of revealing the complicated ties among literary versions and financial innovations, Literature Incorporated indicates us how the company company has formed our knowing of our social international and ourselves.

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