Abstract

This essay argues that in Wuthering Heights Heathcliff’s form of love energizes a culture of both production and consumption. The story of Heathcliff’s life provides an exciting and mysterious narrative of the origins of capitalist desire. He represents the fantasy that some erotically compelling power underlies this economy. It is, instead, Catherine’s love that functions in opposition to the culture of capitalist accumulation. Catherine stands for a kind of love that undermines the desire necessary for capitalism to function smoothly. She offers an alternative to an economy of unsatisfied desire, threatening to undermine both a capitalist and patriarchal logic.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 819-840
Launched on MUSE
2008-12-06
Open Access
No
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