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Realizing CapitalFinancial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form$
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Anna Kornbluh

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254972

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254972.001.0001

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On Marx’s Victorian Novel

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Realizing Capital

Anna Kornbluh

Fordham University Press

Paying homage to his 44 years in London and his innumerable hours in the British Library, this chapter situates Karl Marx’s ideas in relation to Victorian financial journalism, and his mode of presentation in relation to Victorian novels. Like Walter Bagehot, David Morier Evans, and others, he criticized the artifice of capital; like Dickens and Eliot his ideas took shape aesthetically and he disdained the ideological project to impute capital to “the innermost life”; beyond all these thinkers he began to articulate a version of the psychic economy metaphor in which the psychological subject of drive in question is not homo economicus, but capital itself. Capital, that is, functions like a novelistic protagonist, and the literary dimensions of the text reveal new meanings.

Keywords:   Marx, capital, Victorian novel, Metalepsis, Drive, Subject

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