Sunday, February 20, 2011
Urban Economics and Literature
I'm starting to read books and papers for a paper on economic geography/spatial economics, meaning I am reading a lot of books on cities. That has me thinking about the growing literature in these areas in Austrian economics and how they might be able to be used to understand works of literature. The modern European novel in particular has a strong relationship to the city. The British romantics often reacted against urbanization. Understanding the nature of the city thus may contribute to a better understanding of certain themes in certain works of literature. Right now, I am only just beginning to think along these lines, so the ideas are ill-formed at best. Any thoughts along these lines? Anyone think this to be a potentially fruitful avenue to pursue?