Introduction Part I. Escaping Restrictions: 1. The freedom to borrow in Ulysses 2. The author as consumer: The Financier 3. Legitimate and illegitimate bonds: The Great Gatsby Part II. New Deals: 4. Consumer cooperation, gender cooperation: Virginia Woolf's answer to war 5. Love versus usury: the national cures of Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams 6. Cultural autonomy and consumerism: Their Eyes Were Watching God Coda: Accepting Deficits 7. Credit as faith: normalizing debt in the movies of Frank Capra Notes Selected bibliography Index.
Michael Tratner is Associate Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. His most recent book is Modernism and Mass Politics: Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats (Stanford, 1995).
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