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Corporate romanticism [electronic resource] : liberalism, justice, and the novel / Daniel M. Stout.

Stout, Daniel, (author.). Project Muse, (distributor.). Project Muse. (Added Author).
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Subject: English literature > 19th century > History and criticism.
Liberalism in literature.
Juristic persons
Individualism in literature.
Corporations in literature.

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  • ISBN: 9780823272280
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (254 pages).)
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2016

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General Note: Issued as part of UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [231]-248) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : personification and its discontents -- 1. The pursuit of guilty things : corporate actors, collective actions, and romantic abstraction -- 2. The one and the manor : on being, doing, and deserving in Mansfield Park -- 3. Castes of exception : tradition and the public sphere in The private memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner -- 4. Nothing personal : the decapitations of character in A tale of two cities -- 5. Not world enough : easement, externality, and the edges of justice (Caleb Williams) -- Epilogue : everything counts (Frankenstein).
Restrictions on Access Note: Access restricted to authorized users and institutions.
Summary: Corporate Romanticism offers an alternative history of the connections between modernity, individualism, and the novel. In early nineteenth-century England, two developments-the rise of corporate persons and the expanded scale of industrial action-undermined the basic assumption underpinning both liberalism and the law: that individual human persons can be meaningfully correlated with specific actions and particular effects. Reading works by Godwin, Austen, Hogg, Mary Shelley, and Dickens alongside a wide-ranging set of debates in nineteenth-century law and Romantic politics and aesthetics, Daniel Stout argues that the novel, a literary form long understood as a reflection of individualism's ideological ascent, in fact registered the fragile 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 not simply the apotheosis of laissez-fair individualism but 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.
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