Events

Cultivating the Economy: Literature, Politics, Economics, 1870–1940

General Programming

Cosponsor
  • The Fritz Thyssen Foundation

The decades between 1870 and 1940 saw the emergence of energetic debates about the relationship between citizens, the economy and the state. This conference brings together literary scholars, economic historians and sociologists who explore the literary, political and economic developments that stimulated heated debates about the crisis of laissez-faire capitalism, market regulation, the common good and the rise of the welfare state. The symposium focuses on the historical period during which many of today’s debates about state intervention, social legislation and market regulation took shape, and it also explores the contemporary relevance of these issues.

The event is made possible through the generous support of The Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Heyman Center.

Program

May 24, 2013  Friday

10:30am - 11:15am EDT

Registration, coffee and opening remarks

11:15am - 12:45pm EDT

Organizing Markets
Chair

Bruce Robbins

Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities

Columbia University

"Stories Economists Tell: Visions of Market and State, 1870-1940"

Steven Medema

Professor of Economics

University of Colorado Denver

"An Economic Waste Land: T.S. Eliot and John Maynard Keynes"

Michael Tratner

Mary E. Garrett Alumnae Professor of English

Bryn Mawr College

"The Problem of the Semicolonial Economy"

Matthew Hart

Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature

Columbia University

12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT

Lunch for Speakers and Chairs

2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

States of Welfare
Chair

Michael Szalay

Director, Culture, Law, and Capital Center, & Chair, English Department

University of California, Irvine

"'The Real Salvation Army': Late-Victorian Insurance Salesmen in and out of Uniform"

Timothy Alborn

Professor of History

"Forms of Preparedness: E.M. Forster, Risk, and Unemployment Insurance"

Benjamin Kohlmann

Assistant Professor of English Literature

University of Freiburg

"Social Citizenship and the Emerging Welfare State in Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway"

Janice Ho

Assistant Professor of English

University of Colorado at Boulder

3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

Coffee break

4:30pm - 6:30pm EDT

Ethics and the Economy
Chair

Matthew Hart

Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature

Columbia University

"'It ought to be law': Reading Ethical Culture into American Literary Realism"

Mary Esteve

Professor of English

"Authors as Producers, Then and Now"

Michael Szalay

Director, Culture, Law, and Capital Center, & Chair, English Department

University of California, Irvine

"Novel Languages of Economic Critique: Keynes meets Nietzsche and Bergson"

Ute Tellmann

Professor in the Institute for Sociology

University of Hamburg

May 25, 2013  Saturday

9:45am - 10:00am EDT

Conference start

10:00am - 11:30am EDT

Capital Fictions
Chair

Steven Medema

Professor of Economics

University of Colorado Denver

"From Fictitious Capital to Irrational Exuberance: Psychologizing the Economy Now and Then"

Anna Kornbluh

Assistant Professor in the Department of English

University of Illinois at Chicago

"What We Owe the Marginalists"

Christopher Nealon

Professor in the Department of English

Johns Hopkins University

"Modernism and Finance Capital"

Paul Crosthwaite

Lecturer in English Literature Department

11:30am - 12:00pm EDT

Coffee break
Participants
  • Timothy Alborn Professor of History
  • Paul Crosthwaite Lecturer in English Literature Department
  • Mary Esteve Professor of English
  • Matthew Hart Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature Columbia University
  • Janice Ho Assistant Professor of English University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Benjamin Kohlmann Assistant Professor of English Literature University of Freiburg
  • Anna Kornbluh Assistant Professor in the Department of English University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Steven Medema Professor of Economics University of Colorado Denver
  • Christopher Nealon Professor in the Department of English Johns Hopkins University
  • Bruce Robbins Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities Columbia University
  • Michael Szalay Director, Culture, Law, and Capital Center, & Chair, English Department University of California, Irvine
  • Michael Tratner Mary E. Garrett Alumnae Professor of English Bryn Mawr College
  • Ute Tellmann Professor in the Institute for Sociology University of Hamburg