The study of literature and economics is by no means a new one, but since the financial crash of 2008, the field has grown considerably with a broad range of both fiction and criticism. The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics is the first authoritative guide tying together the seemingly disparate areas of literature and economics.

Drawing together 38 critics, the Companion offers both an introduction and a springboard to this sometimes complex but highly relevant field. With sections on "Critical traditions," "Histories," "Principles," and "Contemporary culture," the book looks at examples from Medieval and Renaissance literature through to poetry of the Great Depression and novels depicting the 2008 financial crisis. Covering topics from Austen to austerity, Marxism to modernism, the collated essays offer indispensable analysis of the relationship between literary studies and the economy.

Representing a wide spectrum of approaches, this book introduces the basics of economics, while engaging with essential theory and debate. As the reality of economic hardship and disparity is widely acknowledged and spreads across disciplines, this Companion offers students and scholars a chance to enter this crucially important interdisciplinary area.

chapter 1|12 pages


Edited ByMichelle Chihara, Matt Seybold

part I|52 pages

Critical traditions

chapter 2|12 pages

What is Literary Knowledge of Economy?

ByChristopher Newfield

chapter 3|14 pages

The Politics of form and Poetics of Identity in Postwar American Poetry

ByChristopher Chen, Timothy Kreiner

chapter 4|9 pages

Rhetorical economics

ByMark Garrett Longaker

chapter 5|14 pages

Labor Without Value, Language at a Price

Toward a narrative poetics for the financial turn
ByRichard Godden

part II|102 pages


chapter 6|16 pages

Premodern Economics

Ideas, literature, and contexts
ByAndrew Galloway

chapter 7|8 pages

John Smith and the virus of trade

ByAndrew Lawson

chapter 8|6 pages

Gothic Economies

Capitalism and vampirism
ByLauren Bailey

chapter 9|9 pages

The Print Revolution and Paper Money

ByMary McAleer Balkun

chapter 10|10 pages

The Economics of American Literary Realism

ByHenry B. Wonham

chapter 11|9 pages

Women’s Writing and the Mainstreaming of Political Economy

ByLana L. Dalley

chapter 12|10 pages

Modernism and Macroeconomics

ByMichael Tratner

chapter 13|11 pages

American Modernism and the Crash of 1929

ByPaul Crosthwaite

chapter 15|11 pages

Free Trade Masculinity and the Literature of Nafta

ByStephen M. Park

part III|190 pages


chapter 16|11 pages

Asymmetric Information

ByAndrew Kopec

chapter 17|10 pages

Black Markets

BySharada Balachandran Orihuela

chapter 18|11 pages

Classical Economics

ByEleanor Courtemanche

chapter 19|11 pages


Cultures of crisis, overproduction, and twenty-first-century literature
ByAlden Sajor Marte-Wood

chapter 20|9 pages

Corporate Space

ByRobbie Moore

chapter 21|8 pages


ByKimberly Hall

chapter 22|13 pages

Literature and Energy

ByImre Szeman

chapter 23|12 pages


ByChristian P. Haines

chapter 24|10 pages


Everything in chains; the aesthetics of global capitalism
ByKyle Wanberg

chapter 25|10 pages


ByJoseph Jonghyun Jeon

chapter 26|13 pages

Keynes and Keynesianism

ByMatt Seybold

chapter 27|10 pages

Neoclassical Economics

ByRegina Martin

chapter 28|10 pages


ByAlissa G. Karl

chapter 29|10 pages

Real-Estate Confessions

Moral realism in a risk economy
ByAlison Shonkwiler

chapter 30|9 pages


ByNicky Marsh

chapter 31|11 pages

Secular Stagnation and the Discourse of Reproductive Limit

ByAnnie McClanahan

chapter 32|11 pages

Social Want

ByHoward Horwitz

chapter 33|11 pages


ByPeter Knight

part IV|56 pages

Contemporary culture

chapter 34|15 pages

“The Real Home of Capitalism”

The AOL Time Warner merger and capital flight
ByMichael Szalay

chapter 35|10 pages

Hamilton, Credit, and the American Enterprise

ByJennifer J. Baker

chapter 36|10 pages

Global Finance and Scale

Literary form and economics in Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
ByLaura Finch

chapter 37|12 pages

Behavioral Economics and Genre

ByMichelle Chihara

chapter 38|9 pages

Serialization in the age of Finance Capitalism

ByDavid Buxton