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The Economy of Literature

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Why did coinage, tyranny, and philosophy develop in the same time and place? Marc Shell explores how both money and language give "worth" by providing a medium of exchange, how the development of money led to a revolution in philosophical thought and language, and how words transform mere commodities into symbols at once aesthetic and practical. Offering carefully document ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published May 1st 1978)
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recommended by Chip Delany in essay 4 of "Silent Interviews," entitled "Sword & Sorcery, S/M, and the Economics of Inadequation"

--"[...]through a reading of Herodotus and Plato, Shell suggests that coins, tyranny, and philosophy all arose at approximately the same moment for intricately connected reasons, relating to power, visibility, and writing[...]"
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