Course description

The course asks how literature theater and film have captured the spirit of capitalismófueling its fantasies contemplating its effects and chronicling its crises. More than just an economic system capitalism created new habits of life and mind; it also created new values forged and distilled by new forms of art. Core readings by Franklin O'Neill Rand Miller and Mamet films by Chaplin and Lang and background readings by Smith Marx Taylor Weber and Schumpeter.


  • Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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