The Economy of Literature

The Economy of Literature Why did coinage tyranny and philosophy develop in the same time and place Marc Shell explores how both money and language give worth by providing a medium of exchange how the development of money l

  • Title: The Economy of Literature
  • Author: Marc Shell
  • ISBN: 9780801846946
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why did coinage, tyranny, and philosophy develop in the same time and place Marc Shell explores how both money and language give worth by providing a medium of exchange, how the development of money led to a revolution in philosophical thought and language, and how words transform mere commodities into symbols at once aesthetic and practical Offering carefully documentWhy did coinage, tyranny, and philosophy develop in the same time and place Marc Shell explores how both money and language give worth by providing a medium of exchange, how the development of money led to a revolution in philosophical thought and language, and how words transform mere commodities into symbols at once aesthetic and practical Offering carefully documented interpretations of texts from Heraclitus, Herodotus, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, and Ruskin, Shell demonstrates the kinship between literary and economic theory and production, introduces new methods of analyzing texts, and shows how literary and philosophical fictions can help us understand the world in which we live.

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    1. recommended by Chip Delany in essay 4 of "Silent Interviews," entitled "Sword & Sorcery, S/M, and the Economics of Inadequation"--"[]through a reading of Herodotus and Plato, Shell suggests that coins, tyranny, and philosophy all arose at approximately the same moment for intricately connected reasons, relating to power, visibility, and writing[]"

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