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Published: 18 January 2010

288 Pages

ISBN: 9780199563265

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The Pleasures of Benthamism

Victorian Literature, Utility, Political Economy

Kathleen Blake

  • A strong contribution to 'new economic criticism' in Victorian literary and cultural studies - contributes to an innovative interdisciplinary approach incorporating attention to the powerfully shaping capitalist economics of the period
  • No other work in Victorian literary/ cultural studies - or in literary/cultural studies more generally - treats Bentham and Utilitarianism so fully
  • Contests the neglect and bias regarding Utilitarianism and capitalist political economy within Victorian literary and cultural studies
  • Examines style as well as ideas in theoretic as well as literary writings, and includes close readings of a wide range of powerful texts
  • Addresses imperialism more squarely than almost all other 'new economic criticism' in Victorian literary and cultural studies - and also more than virtually all other studies of literature-and-liberalism in the period

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