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Systems of Life: Biopolitics, Economics, and Literature on the Cusp of Modernity

Richard A. Barney and Warren Montag


Systems of Life offers a wide-ranging revaluation of the emergence of biopolitics in Europe from the mid– eighteenth to the mid–nineteenth century. In staging an encounter among literature, political economy, and the still emergent sciences of life in that historical moment, the essays collected here reopen the question of how concepts of animal, vegetable, and human life, among other biological registers, had an impact on the Enlightenment project of thinking politics and economics as a joint enterprise. The volume’s contributors consider politics, economics, and the biological as distinct, s ... More

Keywords: biology, economics, Enlightenment, the, life, modernity, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823281725
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823281725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard A. Barney, editor
University at Albany, SUNY

Warren Montag, editor
Occidental College