This interdisciplinary collection of twenty-five essays examines the construction of national, social and individual identities in response to money, or the lack of it, and the ways in which such identities are reflected in media as disparate as coins and films, literary texts and museums, autobiographies and architecture. It takes the reader from Roman Britain to the consumer society of twenty-first century Ireland, from the coins of the German Middle Ages to the virtual economies of postmodern America.
Money and Culture focuses not only on economic aspects of cultures but also on specific cultural forms to deal with money, and reminds us of the symbiotic relationship between money and culture.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 373 pp., num. fig.
Contents: Fiona Cox/Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa: Introduction – Michael Hutter: Visual Credit: The Britannia Vignette
on the Notes of the Bank of England – Cordula Politis: Wisdom vs Riches: The Discourse of Money in Fortunatus – Michael
Shields: Songs and Money as a Mirror of the Self. Reflections on Ehrenbote von Rhein’s Spiegelweise – Michael Fodor:
Diderot and the Play of Money – William Carter: «Uralte und nie gehobne Beschweerde»: Goethe, Faust and Taxes – Anders
Mortensen: Romantic Critics of Political Economy – Sheila Dickson: Finding Treasure in the Works of Achim von Arnim – Kirill
Postoutenko: Kapital and picaresque: Towards the Typology of abstractio in European Culture – Armin Schäfer:
Mad Money: Melville’s Doubloon – Fiona Cox: Pygmalion and the Prostitute: Processes of Exchange in Hugo’s Les Misérables
– Niamh Sweeney: Strategies of Potential. The Idea of Gaming in Baudelaire’s Aesthetic of Modern Life – Dick Collins: The
Price of Mrs Lovett’s Pies: Blood and Cash in the Penny Dreadful – Mary Pierse: George Moore, Sherlock Holmes and the Many
Money Questions in Fin-de-Siècle English Fiction – Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa: Love for Sale. Men, Women and Money in Works
by Arthur Schnitzler – Brian Moloney: Exchange Rates in Italo Svevo’s Later Narrative Fiction – Guy Snaith: All Because of
Money: Money and Culture in Gabrielle Roy’s Bonheur d’occasion – Ekkehard Knörer: Of Signs and Money in Robert Bresson’s
Film L’Argent – Ailbhe Thunder: Filming the Virtual Economy from Wall Street to Boiler Room – Joyce Goggin:
Casinos and Sure Bets - Ocean’s Eleven and Cinematic Money – Christina Oldman: Financial Identities in the American
Tycoon Autobiographies by Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller: Credit Negotiations as Creator of Masculinity – Matthias
Weiss: The Trading Floor in the Display Case: Stock Exchange Capitalism as Expressed through the Medium of the Museum Exhibition
– Michael Bzdak: Money in the Bank? Corporate Support of the Arts in Twentieth Century American Art – Mary O’Neill: Art and
Money: Experience Destruction Exposure – Sina Vatanpour: Money, Language and Identity in Paul Auster’s City of Glass
and Ghosts – Joachim Schwend: «Pecunia non olet»: Money and Consumer Cultures.