Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Economy of Literature” as Want to Read:
The Economy of Literature
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Economy of Literature

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  1 review
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Economy of Literature, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Economy of Literature

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-17 of 17)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jul 11, 2008 Nathanial marked it as to-read
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[...]"
Iñaki marked it as to-read
Jun 22, 2015
Dusk marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2015
Atul marked it as to-read
Jan 08, 2015
Mike Travers
Mike Travers marked it as to-read
Feb 02, 2014
tom marked it as to-read
Oct 22, 2013
Reinder Flaton
Reinder Flaton marked it as to-read
Apr 16, 2013
Ruben added it
Mar 11, 2013
Jay added it
Mar 11, 2010
Tony added it
Oct 23, 2007
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Stutter The End Of Kinship: "Measure For Measure", Incest, And The Ideal Of Universal Siblinghood Money, Language, and Thought: Literary and Philosophic Economies from the Medieval to the Modern Era Wampum and the Origins of American Money Children of the Earth: Literature, Politics, and Nationhood

Share This Book