Heads Or Tails: The Poetics of Money

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Wayne State University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 349 pages
Examines the role of money in modern German literature. Using examples from Goethe, Gotthelf, Holderlin and others to demonstrate the intersecting worlds of literature and finance, the author argues that money, like literature, has no intrinsic value, but is at the same time a necessity.

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Contents

Translators Note
7
Aut Prodesse aut Delectare
27
PART II
36
The Materiality of Money and of Literature
58
To Torment from AfarMoneys Relational Mania
77
Moneys SexMoney Reproducing Grandchildren
91
A Caprice on Corporate Bodies
117
Time Is Money
127
Symbol Allegory Fetish
199
Schlemihls ShadowNietzsches Shadow
216
The Source of the Center
241
Deconstruction of Money
251
Ruin Ruins
261
The Medial Blood of the Economy
276
Notes
287
Bibliography
321

Poetic Critique of Money
147
ONTOSEMIOLOGY OF MONEY
159
What Counts? Money and Validity
179

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