CFP: Wealth in Transatlantic Realism and Naturalism, 22-25 April 2016

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Conference of the European Association for American Studies, Constanta, Romania, 22-25 April 2016

This panel, organized by Gert Buelens (Ghent University) and Jude Davies (University of Winchester), will examine transatlantic literary representations of the rise of finance capitalism in and around the period 1875-1917, with a particular focus on the figure of the financier and the different sources of “old money” and “new money”. At the start of this period, London was the heart of the financial world; towards the end, New York could be regarded as having replaced London in this position. Connections between America and Britain were strong in the world of speculation, where wealth was being created less by means of profit derived from production or landed property and more thanks to the ascribed value of financial stock. Literary realism and naturalism are in part responses to these shifting and intensifying relations between old and new, real…

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