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Fictions of State
In this ambitious book, Patrick Brantlinger offers a cultural history of Great Britain focused on the concept of "public credit, " from the 1694 founding of the Bank of England to the present. He draws on literary texts ranging from Augustan satire such as Gulliver's Travels to postmodern satire such as Martin Amis's Money: A Suicide Note, all of which critique the misreco ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 25th 1996 by Cornell University Press
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I have never come across a book that I displayed such mixed feelings. On the one hand, the book showcases a powerful message: it promises to deliver the connection between public, fetishism and imperialism, to explain how each of these forces depended on or shaped other forces in defining the British experience from the Financial Revolution onward. On the other hand, the book is very painful to read. Very, very painful. As a person inexperienced in literary theory, I found myself struggling thro ...more