“Money is a Steal:” Christina Stead’s Critique of Finance Capitalism in House of All Nations

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Michael Ackland

Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia (JEASA), Vol.7 No.1, 2016.

 

Michael Ackland

"Money is a Steal:" Christina Stead's Critique of Finance Capitalism in House of All Nations

 

Abstract: Stead composed House of All Nations (1938) at a time of unprecedented economic and political crisis in the West, and the urgency of this situation is reflected in the speed and scope of this composition, and in the major target of her satire: finance capitalism. Her depiction of this Marxist concept, as well as specific allusions to the master's writings, are examined in detail to demonstrate her ideological position and putative aims.

 

Keywords: Christina Stead, House of All Nations, Marxism, Great Depression, finance capitalism, satire

 

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