Abstract

Abstract:

The financial world is typically seen as a miasma of numbers, which help to make it abstract and opaque. This essay argues that the forms and techniques of the financial world have a strong literary and linguistic dimension. This dimension can be seen in the form of the derivative, whose workings show how traders, central bankers, and analysts rely centrally on the written, spoken, and narrated word and its performative powers.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6539
Print ISSN
0300-7162
Pages
pp. 48-61
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-21
Open Access
No
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