This proposed issue of Belphégor would study the genre Business and Economic Fiction and some of its examples in various cultures/languages. The following topics and questions are a few suggestions: Do these fictions constitute a “genre”? If yes, what are its characteristics? Are the differences between economic and business fictions clear? Why is it that very few studies have been written on it? What does this lack of interest tell about our societies, if anything? What difference(s) can we see between the various linguistic and cultural traditions? For example, is it different in the European continental traditions where it seems that until recently there are very few popular business fictions compared to the American case? Are American fictions statistically more pro-business and more compromising/ed (since for example, a lot of these fictions are didactic fictions, teaching how to be a good or better businessperson) than for example the French tradition (with more frequent bad bosses and with a pro-worker/liberal/leftist view)? Are intellectuals not willing to deal with economic issues anymore in fiction? Is it that readers don’t want to hear about economics in their daydreaming time? Or is it the result of a split between what are now the three cultures (literature-humanities, science and economics) has happened?
Proposals to be sent to Chris Reyns-Chikuma : email@example.com, AND Matthieu Letourneux, mletourneux@free. Fr, by July 30 2013.
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