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William Flesch

5  The death of Cordelia and the economics of preference in eighteenth-century moral psychology William Flesch Biology recapitulates economics: at least evolutionary biology seems to be rediscovering and analysing the same kinds of ideas that the great eighteenth-century economic psychologists (from Mandeville to Hume to Smith) had explored. Over the last few years there has been a heated debate among evolutionary theorists – scientists, mathematicians, the odd humanist – about whether altruism is possible, given the core idea that evolution is driven by the

in Writing and constructing the self in Great Britain in the long eighteenth century
Economy, exchange and cultural theory
Simon Wortham

In this chapter I want to instance disorientation and leverage in the university by exploring the problematic doubleness of economics as indeterminately both inside and outside contemporary cultural theory. Here, I shall argue that the interdisciplinary approach of cultural analysis has a certain amount of difficulty positioning economics as either simply

in Rethinking the university
The politics of marriage in late Mulholland
James H. Murphy

’Murrough (1908) and Norah of Waterford (1915).1 Here the realism that accompanied the optimism of her earlier work gives way to a pessimism concerning the relationship between gender and economics as women struggle for happiness in a world where erotic love and marriage are tied in with material security. This contrasts with her early work. Dunmara (1864), for example, concerns the struggles of a young woman artist in London. Mulholland herself had been encouraged to pursue a career as an artist by Sir John Everett Millais before Dickens helped to launch her career as a

in Irish women’s writing, 1878–1922
Enacting feminine alterity in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping
Makayla C. Steiner

. Lucille's abandonment of Ruth is not instantaneous. It is first an emotional abandonment that mirrors the typical process by which one sibling matures more quickly than another. Ruth's efforts to conform to Lucille's increasingly rigid expectations, however, are eventually rendered useless, and the separation becomes more permanent. Ruth relates that at school she ‘saw [Lucille] often, but she avoided me. She became one of a group of girls who ate lunch in the Home Economics room […] Lunches were terrible […] It was a relief to go to Latin class, where I had a familiar

in Marilynne Robinson
Disturbance of the epistemological conventions of the marriage plot in Lila
Maria Elena Carpintero Torres-Quevedo

far as to argue that ‘no honest woman can live in marriage: no woman honest in her will to be free. Marriage delivers her body to another to use’ (61). The hostility towards marriage in twentieth-century feminist thought – evidenced in striking terms by Dworkin but shared by other prominent figures like Kate Millett and Jessie Bernard – stands in stark contrast to the idealised and romantic notions of marriage represented in many nineteenth- and twentieth-century fictions. Baruch, for instance, argues that while economics is a significant factor

in Marilynne Robinson
Anna Maguire Elliott

-educating by learning to sew and she even secures a Home Economics teacher, Miss Royce, as a maternal role model. Lucille is thus ‘adopted’ into a new social family but, as Geyh observes, she symbolically rejoins a framework of patriarchy (Geyh 140; Holmgren Troy, Keller, and Wahlström 98). Unlike Lucille, however, Ruth has learnt how quickly this domestic security can dissolve and finds herself unwilling to learn the skills necessary for domestic conformity: ‘indifferent to my clothes and comfortable in my skin, unimproved and without the prospect of

in Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson’s essays and the crisis of mainline Protestantism
Alex Engebretson

increased access to education. (“Onward” 45) Toward the end of the essay, she also asks: ‘What has personal holiness to do with politics and economics? Everything, from the liberal Protestant point of view. They are the means by which our poor and orphaned and our strangers can be sustained in real freedom, and graciously, as God requires’ (51). For Robinson, the mainline has a ‘liberal’ – in the American sense – or ‘progressive’ political identity. It has its origins in Abolitionism and

in Marilynne Robinson
Robinson as professor and defender of ‘America’s best idea’
Steve Gronert Ellerhoff and Kathryn E. Engebretson

youth to be efficient workers. Workers. That language is so common among us now that an extraterrestrial might think we had actually lost the Cold War. ( When I was a Child I Read Books 24) Here we also find what Robinson identifies as the driving ideology held by those who actively work to devalue liberal arts education: economics. Robinson raises the notion that Americans have forsaken their identity as Citizen for that of Taxpayer ( What Are We Doing Here

in Marilynne Robinson
Naomi Booth

thought are too bewildering; and Marx withdraws to the position that the primary datum is the domination of man over man […] The ultimate category [for Marx] is presumably force, the force which appropriates another man's labour […] If the cause of the trouble were force, to ‘expropriate the expropriators’ would be enough […] The ultimate category of economics is power; but power is not an economic category. Marx fills up the emergent gap in his theory with the concept of force (violence) – i.e., by conceiving power as a material category … this is a crucial mistake

in Swoon
Christina and Maria Francesca Rossetti’s Dante sisterhood
Federica Coluzzi

Rossetti’s title in print, positioned at the top of the third column of the list, meant, in fact, that the work on Dante ‘conformed to the demands of Mudie’s and its audience’ and successfully won over his ‘complex rhetoric of selection’ ( Eliot, 2006 : 137). Consequently, the book, the author and her literary reputation deserved to benefit from both the economic and cultural power that Mudie’s library exerted on the economics of the Victorian

in Dante beyond influence