Economies of desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: libidinal lives

Jane Ford (Editor), Kim Edwards Keates (Editor), Patricia Elizabeth Pulham (Editor)

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This volume marks the first sustained study to interrogate how and why issues of sexuality, desire, and economic processes intersect in the literature and culture of the Victorian fin de siècle. At the end of the nineteenth-century, the move towards new models of economic thought marked the transition from a marketplace centred around the fulfilment of ‘needs’ to one ministering to anything that might, potentially, be desired. This collection considers how the literature of the period meditates on the interaction between economy and desire, doing so with particular reference to the themes of fetishism, homoeroticism, the literary marketplace, social hierarchy, and consumer culture. Drawing on theoretical and conceptual approaches including queer theory, feminist theory, and gift theory, contributors offer original analyses of work by canonical and lesser-known writers, including Oscar Wilde, A.E. Housman, Baron Corvo, Vernon Lee, Michael Field, and Lucas Malet.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages216
ISBN (Print)978-1138826342
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


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