Thursday, March 10, 2016
Today, we imagine the economy as a natural system, something that can be explained and predicted, just as astronomy can explain and predict the movements of the stars. This idea was articulated in Adam Smith’s pioneering work of economic theory, Wealth of Nations, in 1776. Just 12 years earlier, in 1764, Horace Walpole published another hugely influential text: the first Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. In my doctoral research, I’m studying the connections between Gothic novels of the Romantic period and economic concepts such as exchange, counterfeit, and debt.