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‘All That is Solid Melts into Air’: Phantom Fortune and the Ghosts of Capitalism

Saverio Tomaiuolo

in In Lady Audley's Shadow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651665 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.003.0010
‘All That is Solid Melts into Air’: Phantom Fortune and the Ghosts of Capitalism

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This chapter considers the Phantom Fortune, centring on imperialist and colonial issues, and addresses the questions that are raised by capitalistic economic practices during late Victorian Britain. It views Phantom Fortune as another attempt to go beyond the Lady Audley paradigm, and to refresh Braddon’s narrative using the influence of French realism. The chapter reveals Braddon’s affiliation to Marx, and views Phantom Fortune as a model of Braddon’s wide and prolific career.

Keywords: Phantom Fortune; imperialist issues; colonial issues; capitalistic economic practices; Lady Audley paradigm; French realism; Karl Marx

Chapter.  8613 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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