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Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s

Leigh Claire La Berge


This book reveals how finance metamorphosed from an economic specialization into a hegemonic aesthetic form and, as it did so, became a site of contest and redefinition for realist and postmodern American literature. Reading contemporary novels, financiers’ autobiographies, financial journalism, visual culture, and political economy, the book covers 1979–2003, a period of stock market crashes, the advent of 24-hour banking, and the return of the individual financier to a place of social prominence. The same period witnessed the canonization of postmodernism in literary studies and a furious re ... More

Keywords: American literature, postmodernism, financialization, realism, financial print culture, abstraction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199372874
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leigh Claire La Berge, author
St. Mary's University