The 'Invisible Hand' and British Fiction, 1818-1860: Adam Smith, Political Economy, and the Genre of Realism

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The 'Invisible Hand' and British Fiction, 1818-1860: Adam Smith, Political Economy, and the Genre of Realism Criticism
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Courtemanche (English, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) grabs hold of an economic idea--Adam Smith's "invisible hand" metaphor--and traces its echoes and reflections in fiction. With a broad vision of the implications and ironies of the metaphor--beyond the political-economic reading--she illuminates novels by Austen, Dickens, Martineau, Thackeray, Gaskell, and Eliot. Her study is wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and clearly articulated. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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