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Leigh Claire La Berge

Scandals and Abstraction

Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s

Oxford University Press 2014

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What stories do we tell about finance? How does financial print culture shape our lives? Our guest today explores the narratives we have been...

What stories do we tell about finance? How does financial print culture shape our lives? Our guest today explores the narratives we have been told, and tell, about finance. A literary scholar, Leigh Claire La Berge writes about the representations of finance in years after 1979 and how many of the stories we tell about finance–that it is abstract and exceedingly complicated–took hold in this era. Leigh Claire La Berge is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. Her book, Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s, was recently published by Oxford University Press.