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This article argues that the language used to describe financial speculation in the nineteenth century overlapped with the moral charge of novelistic temporality: the repeated injunction against “getting rich quick” was countered by the way suspense encouraged racing or skipping through a novel to reach the end. Charles Dickens’s novel Little Dorrit (1855-57) experiments with mitigating the affect that encourages acceleration, resulting in a narrative temporality I define as “waiting.” Outside of the frenzy of finance capital, however, waiting is both a refuge and a prison, a place where character is stable and yet uninteresting, static, and a bit rotten.
Author(s): Jewusiak J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Victorian Literature and Culture
Print publication date: 01/06/2016
Online publication date: 10/05/2016
Acceptance date: 01/01/2014
ISSN (print): 1060-1503
ISSN (electronic): 1470-1553
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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