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Title: Moll Flanders and the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street : projects of a projecting age
Author: Hamilton, Valerie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2744 6432
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2013
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A novel and an organization would generally be regarded as polar opposites: one deals in fiction, the other in economic realities. This thesis explores the proposition that the novel and the organization share fundamental characteristics of form, function and technique: they work in the same way. The proposition is explored by comparing the emergence of an early English novel, Moll Flanders (1722), and an early English modern organization, the Bank of England (1694). Moll is recognised as significant in the process of the beginning of the form of the English novel; I argue that the Bank can be approached as a primary model of the form of the organization. Building upon Timothy Clark’s exploration of the nature of inspiration1, the thesis argues that ‘the space of composition’, the period from which they emerged, sometimes called the Age of Projects (1680-1720), is inherent in, and inherited by the form of the novel and the organization respectively. They are projects of a projecting age. The metaphor of the project is taken from Defoe’s Essay Upon Projects (1697) and is used as an interdisciplinary lens through which to reconstitute an intimate relationship between the novel and the organization. The thesis is itself understood as a project bringing a reflexive and experiential dimension to the narrative.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HG Finance ; PR English literature