Includes bibliographical references (p. -251) and index.
1. Finance and the exchange of passions : the origins of the collective imagination -- 2. The violence of system : Rousseau and Smith on identification and sympathy -- 3. Antislavery poetry and the speculative subject -- 4. Systems and the parasite : Wordsworth and the financial crisis of 1797 -- 5. The ghost of gold : national debt, imagery, and the politics of sympathy in P. B. Shelley -- Conclusion : state finance, systems, and literary criticism.