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Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form

Anna Kornbluh


During a tumultuous period when financial speculation began rapidly to outpace industrial production and consumption, Victorian financial journalists commonly explained the instability of finance by criticizing its inherent artifice drawing persistent attention to what they called “fictitious capital.” In a shift that naturalized this artifice, this critique of fictitious capital virtually disappeared by the 1860s, being replaced by notions of fickle investor psychology and mental equilibrium encapsulated in the fascinating metaphor of “psychic economy.“ In close rhetorical readings of financ ... More

Keywords: Victorian Novel, Realism, Finance, Financialization, Financial Crisis, Fictitious Capital, Freud, Psychoanalysis, Psychic Economy, Marx

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254972
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Kornbluh, author
University of Illinois, Chicago