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School of Modern Languages & Cultures: Department of French

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Publication details for Professor David Baguley

2005 'Le Capital de Zola: le fétichisme de la monnaie dans L'Argent', in Capitanio, Sarah, Downing, Lisa, Rowe, Paul & White, Nicholas (eds.), Currencies, Fiscal Fortunes and Cultural Capital in Nineteenth-Century France, Peter Lang, pp. 31-42
  • Publication type: Essays in edited volumes
  • ISSN/ISBN: 3039105132

Author(s) from Durham


The thirteen essays in this volume, based on selected papers given at the Second Annual Conference of the
Society of Dix−Neuviémistes (2003), explore the relationships between symbolic, monetary and literary
currencies in nineteenth−century France. Essays focus on the sometimes surprising treatment of capitalism and
commodity culture in the works of Mallarmé, Zola and Huysmans; the transfer and borrowing of economic and
literary commodities, names, and concepts in nineteenth−century culture, from Flora Tristan's July Monarchy to
Schwob's fin−de−siècle moment; and the interplay between wealth and identity, and commerce and
globalisation, in the writings of Hugo, Janin, and Balzac. While it is widely acknowledged that the theme of
money is central to nineteenth−century literature, this volume is innovative in tracing the variation, breadth and
ubiquity of the idea of currencies in the cultural imaginary of the epoch.