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Getting and Spending 2014 Conference

10-12 December 2014
KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts
Deadline: 22 June 2014

Keynote speakers:
Angela Esterhammer (University of Toronto)
Ludovic Frobert (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon)
Richard Gray (University of Washington)

In his Autobiography (1873), John Stuart Mill famously credits the poetry of Wordsworth with delivering him from a deep crisis of dejection. This experience prompted a significant overhaul of his philosophy: in spite of his awareness that science and literature do not always mix, Mill began to redesign his thought to combine Smith with Goethe, Comte with Coleridge, physics with aesthetics. Mill’s literary turn exemplifies his era: drawing on literary as well as scientific re-sources, he repeats the methods of the previous generation of political economists and predicts those of the next. His attempt also mirrors a significant turn towards economics among men and women of letters. The case of Thomas De Quincey is especially compelling: in the Confessions of an English Opium Eater (1821 and 1856), De Quincey attributes his recovery from depression to his reading of Ricardo’s Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817), which inspired him to revise his poetics and write several texts on economics. A wide range of (wo)men of letters across a wide swathe of media and genres join De Quincey: Reade wrote novels that dramatise the plight of the trade unions, Ruskin lectured on the “political economy of art,” and Byron sati-rised stock market speculation. This conversation between economists and public intellectuals could take the form of direct communication: Ricardo edited Jane Marcet’s economic parables, and Malthus maintained a lively epistolary conversation with Maria Edgeworth. While early lit-erary responses often enthused over the possibilities of economics, there was also a significant and increasing body of criticism, inspired by either traces of a Romantic idealist aesthetics, a re-formist agenda, or, as in the case of Thomas Carlyle’s infamous “dismal science” epithet, a pas-sionate conservatism.

While British political economists and public intellectuals operated primarily in an Anglo-Saxon environment, they figured their economic and literary pursuits in an international context. Commercial dominance was recognised as subject to historical and geopolitical forces: British pre-eminence in the nineteenth century was preceded by periods of Italian, Dutch and French supremacy, and might, it was assumed, eventually be supplanted, Germany being an especially strong contender. Economic and literary writers found in these patterns possibilities for com-parison, either to foster international exchanges, or to discourage them altogether. De Quincey explicitly designed his economic theories as Kantian re-readings of Ricardo, convinced that both Germany and Britain stood to gain from an interfusion of the two systems. German writers re-ciprocated in kind: especially those affiliated with the politische Romantik, like Adam Müller, equally asserted the importance of international networks to the development of a national po-litical economy—Marx, Engels and others even displaced themselves physically, travelling be-tween Berlin, Paris, London, and Brussels. Meanwhile, in France, theorists like Jean-Baptiste Say and Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi reinvigorated French economic thought, recognising that Smith and his disciples had made significant advances on the model of physiocracy previously dominant in France. Much to the distress of British nationalist economists and writers, including Carlyle and De Quincey, their work went on to inspire Ricardo and others in reviews and transla-tions, several of which were published in literary periodicals. These many national and interna-tional connections helped focus the earliest articulations of alternatives to capitalist economics, often invoking a dense network of literary sources in support of their ideas. In Britain, John Francis Bray predicted many future ills in Labour’s Wrongs and Labour’s Remedy (1809); in France, the work of Henri de Saint-Simon and Charles Fourier promoted a utopian reconstitution of society; in Germany, Marx penned a definitive critique of capitalism.

This conference proposes to examine the national and international interaction between eco-nomics and literature on the basis of the personal and textual networks that connect economists and (wo)men of letters. The long nineteenth century presents a crucial stage in this history: cov-ering the golden age of political economy, the rise of alternatives to capitalism, and the paradig-matic shift from classical to neo-classical economics, the period saw literature and economics assert their discursive specificities. The conference aims to establish the ways and mechanisms by which the divide between literature and economics was bridged, and to situate this nexus in the context of exchanges within and between European nations. It is our hope that this approach will at once embrace and challenge the established scholarship of the New Economic Criticism, pushing it forward in recognition of significant recent international advances in the field.

To this end, we welcome papers and proposals for panels on the literary reception of political economy and the economic reception of literature in and between European nations. Suggested topics include:
- Literary responses to economic events: the restriction crisis of 1797-1821, financial crunches, panics and bubbles
- Literary responses to economic concepts: the gold standard, forgery, virtuality, specula-tion
- The translation, adaptation and retranslation of economic texts and motifs between lan-guages
- The image of the economist, industrialist, speculator in literature; the image of the poet or artist in political economy
- Representing economics: commodification, circulation, competing notions of value
- Competing economic ideologies and their literary treatment: mercantilism, capitalism, socialism
- The rhetoric and poetics of economics: metaphor, anthropomorphism, ambiguity
- The ethics and aesthetics of economics: sympathy, trust, moral sentiments, consumption, desire
- Stereotypes in economic representation: intersections with nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism
- Interactions between the “Big Three”—Britain, Germany, and France—and “peripheral” nations like the Low Countries

Proposals should not exceed 250 words and will be due 22 June 2014. Please submit abstracts electronically as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format and send them to the convenors of the con-ference ( More information can be found on the conference website ( Selected papers will be invited to contribute to a volume of articles; further information will be made available later. Junior researchers are es-pecially encouraged to apply: the first day of the conference is scheduled to offer beginning aca-demics a platform for presenting their research.

Organising committee: Benjamin Biebuyck (Ghent), Gert Buelens (Ghent), Eric Dayre (ENS Lyon), Ortwin de Graef (Leuven), Brecht de Groote (Leuven), Marysa Demoor (Ghent), Elke D’hoker (Leuven), Sven Fabré (Leuven), Regenia Gagnier (Exeter), Anke Gilleir (Leuven), Raphaël Ingelbien (Leuven), Vivian Liska (Antwerp), Bart Philipsen (Leuven), Tom Toremans (Leuven), Frederik Van Dam (Leuven), Jan Vanvelk (Leuven).

Scientific committee: Benjamin Biebuyck (Ghent), Eric Dayre (ENS Lyon), Ben De Bruyn (Maas-tricht), Ortwin de Graef (Leuven), Brecht de Groote (Leuven), Elke D’hoker (Leuven), Sven Fabré (Leuven), Anke Gilleir (Leuven), Raphaël Ingelbien (Leuven), Vivian Liska (Antwerp), Bart Philipsen (Leuven), Saskia Pieterse (Utrecht), Jo Tollebeek (Leuven), Tom Toremans (Leuven), Frederik Van Dam (Leuven).

Contact details:
Dr. Frederik Van Dam

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Van Dam, Frederik (Dr.) 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts 
Strasse/Postfach: Blijde Inkomststraat 21 
Postleitzahl: 3000 
Stadt: Leuven 
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Rhetorik
Zusätzliches SuchwortLiteratur und Ökonomie
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.03.00 Germanistik; 01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.04.00 Wissenschaftsgeschichte; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.10.00 Stilistik. Rhetorik
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