Show me the money

The image of finance, 1700 to the present

Edited by Paul Crosthwaite, Peter Knight and Nicky Marsh

Show me the money

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9625-9
  • Pages: 168
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: June 2014
  • BIC Category: Literature: history & criticism, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, Society & social sciences / Media studies, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Economics, finance, business & management / General, Cultural Studies, Media studies


What does money really stand for? How can the abstractions of high finance be made visible? Show me the money documents how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States. It tells the story of how artists have grappled with the increasingly intangible and self-referential nature of money, from the South Sea Bubble to our current crisis.

Show me the money sets out the history and politics of representations of finance through five essays by academic experts and curators, and is interspersed with provocative think pieces by notable public commentators on finance and art. The book, and the exhibition on which it is based, explore a wide range of images, from satirical eighteenth-century prints by William Hogarth and James Gillray to works by celebrated contemporary artists such as Andreas Gursky and Molly Crabapple. It also charts the development of an array of financial visualisations, including stock tickers and charts, newspaper illustrations, bank adverts and electronic trading systems.


Introduction - Paul Crosthwaite, Peter Knight and Nicky Marsh
1. Debt and credit - Nicky Marsh
2. What do you think about when you think about a market? - Andy Haldane
3. Framing finance - Paul Crosthwaite
4. Channels and codes, rails and freight: can you hear me now? - Bill Maurer
5. Animal spirits - Peter Knight
6. Markets without people - Justin Fox
7. The money shot - Isabella Streffen
8. Trollope, the State of the Nation novel and the good banker - Alex Preston
9. Booms and busts - Alistair Robinson
10.The only way is up baby - Ben Lewis


Paul Crosthwaite is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh

Peter Knight is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester

Nicky Marsh is a Professor in English Literature at Southampton University

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