“The Great Belief-Producers”: Public Confidence, the Credit Economy, and the Quarterly Reviews (1797-1833)

01 October 2016 → 30 September 2019
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Literary studies
sociology of literary texts cultural studies literature in context English Comparative Quantitative Language and text analysis 18th Century 19th Century Financial literature Periodical studies Western Europe Media Literary studies Interculturalism
Project description

This project studies the relation between early-nineteenth-century British periodicals and the credit economy. It argues that literary reviews fostered cultural acceptance of new economic mechanisms springing from the financial crisis caused by the Anglo-French War (1793-1802). The project proposes that the quarterlies were crucial in normalising the concept of virtual value and established cultural confidence in the emerging credit economy.