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Introduction

Edited by Mary Poovey

in Genres of the Credit Economy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780226675329
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226675213 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226675213.003.0001
Introduction

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This book grows out of two questions that the author could not answer after writing A History of the Modern Fact: If the kind of knowledge that contemporary society values is really modern fact, then why does the discipline of literary studies matter? What can literary scholars do? This book is intended to address the issues behind this question. This introductory chapter discusses the changing perceptions of the function and value of literary studies and literary writing from the late seventeenth to the nineteenth century. An overview of the subsequent chapters is then presented.

Keywords: literary studies; literary scholars; imaginative writing; value; function

Chapter.  10388 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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