Economics and Liberty in Film and Fiction


This conference examined readings, films, and television adaptations that look at the way commerce and enterprise are portrayed in the nineteenth century and today. It looked at works that defend and articulate the “bourgeois ethic” and others that sharply criticize them. All of these works are also concerned with the connection between trade, individual integrity, and the basis of a free society.


Conference Readings

King Rat. Directed by Bryan Forbes. Coleytown Productions, 1965. DVD.

The Way We Live Now. Directed by David Yates. BBC Worldwide Americas: Burbank, 2002. DVD.

Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South. Edited by Easson, Angus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Lodge, David. Nice Work. London: Penguin Books, 1989.

McCloskey, Deirdre. "Bourgeois Virtue." The American Scholar 63, no. 2 (Spring 1994): 177-191.

Trollope, Anthony. The Way We Live Now. London: Wordsworth Classics, 2001.