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Corporate Romanticism offers an alternative history of the connections between modernity, individualism, and the novel. Early nineteenth-century England saw two developments—the rise of corporate persons and the expanded scale of industrial action—both of which undermined the fundamental premise of liberalism and the law: that individual human persons can be meaningfully correlated with specific actions and particular effects. Reading five Romantic novels alongside debates in nineteenth-century law and Romantic politics and aesthetics, Daniel Stout argues that the novel registered not individualism’s ideological ascent but the fragile and deliberate fictionality of accountable individuals in a period defined by corporate actors and expansively entangled fields of action. Examining how liberalism, the law, and the novel all wrestled with the moral implications of a highly collectivized and densely packed modernity, Corporate Romanticism reconfigures our sense of the nineteenth century and its novels, arguing that we see in them the first chapter of a crucial and distinctly modern problem about how to fit the individualist and humanist terms of justice onto a world in which the most consequential agents are no longer persons.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction: Personification and Its Discontents
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. The Pursuit of Guilty Things: Corporate Actors, Collective Actions, and Romantic Abstraction
  2. pp. 21-52
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  1. 2. The One and the Manor: On Being, Doing, and Deserving in Mansfield Park
  2. pp. 53-95
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  1. 3. Castes of Exception: Tradition and the Public Sphere in The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
  2. pp. 96-114
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  1. 4. Nothing Personal: The Decapitations of Character in A Tale of Two Cities
  2. pp. 115-144
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  1. 5. Not World Enough: Easement, Externality, and the Edges of Justice (Caleb Williams)
  2. pp. 145-170
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  1. Epilogue: Everything Counts (Frankenstein)
  2. pp. 171-186
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 187-190
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-230
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 231-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-254
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  1. Sara Guyer and Brian McGrath, series editors
  2. pp. 255-256
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823272280
Related ISBN(s)
9780823272235
MARC Record
OCLC
966458148
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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