Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Table of Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

These acknowledgments can only begin to express the enormous debt of gratitude for the emotional as well as intellectual support freely given by the many people, scattered over the globe, who have helped to make this book possible—a debt accumulated in uncountable...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-29

In The Way We Live Now (1875), the Melmottes’ origins remain a mystery that becomes increasingly irrelevant. Few of M. Melmotte’s business partners venture to inquire too closely into the specious public faith in his financial integrity even as they...

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1. Silver-Fork Speculation and the Making of Financial Fiction

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pp. 31-60

The silver-fork novel, or novel of fashionable highlife, played a much more influential role in the development of nineteenth-century literature than has commonly been acknowledged. Given its emphasis on the retrospective representation of...

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2. The Sensational Stock-Market Novel

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pp. 61-88

Containing the first fictional ghost shackled by chains made of “cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel,” Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (1843) opens up with a declaration of Scrooge’s reputation...

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3. Speculators Abroad

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pp. 89-125

The functions of foreign financial speculations in the Victorian novel are indisputably among its most sensitive and complex issues. The central irony of Charles Reade’s Hard Cash (1863) is that the eponymous cash is not safe in a...

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4. Speculators at Home

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pp. 126-172

The most pertinent narrative function of Victorian stockmarket villains remains grounded in the mysteries attached to their dubious financial transactions. Cunning speculators who place bets on their victims’ greed or gullibility have...

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Conclusion

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pp. 173-178

The proliferation and attendant stratification of emergent subgenres in the nineteenth century map out the fascination with which financial speculation was being depicted and taken up as a source of narratives at the time, illustrating...

Notes

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pp. 179-209

Bibliography

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pp. 210-224

Index

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pp. 225-232

Back Cover

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