Gothic Economies

Capitalism and vampirism

Authored by: Lauren Bailey

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138190870
eBook ISBN: 9781315640808
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John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” (1819) presents us with one of the first vampires in British fiction. In this tale, readers face a supernatural villain that is as economic as it is monstrous. Lord Ruthven represents not only a member of the wealthy elite who preys upon those in lower socioeconomic positions, but also what becomes of unregulated self-interest in an economic system that promotes consumption for consumption’s sake.

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