Assistant Professor of English Aeron Hunt’s book, Personal Business: Character and Commerce in Victorian Literature and Culture (University of Virginia Press, 2014), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015. Among Hunt’s areas of expertise are Victorian literature and culture, with particular interest in the relationship of literature and economic life. In Personal Business, Hunt argues that an emphasis on abstraction and impersonality as the crucial features of the Victorian economic experience has led to a partial and ultimately misleading vision of Victorian business culture. She asserts that the key to understanding the relationship of literary writing to economic experience is what she calls “personal business” — the social and interpersonal relationships of Victorian commercial life in which character was a central mediating concept. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, is the premier source for reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education.
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