Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Some slight shifts in the manner of the novel of manners; 2. 'You've got to see it, feel it, smell it, hear it', buy it: Hemingway's commercial forms; 3. The Great Gatsby, glamour on the turn; 4. Money makes manners make man make woman: Tender is the Night, a familiar romance? 5. Iconic narratives: or, how three Southerners fought the second Civil War; 6. Fordism: from desire to destruction (an historical interlude); 7. Why are we in Vietnam?: because the buck mustn't stop; 8. Fordism, voiced and unvoiced: Mailer's vocalism and Armies of the Night; 9. Armies of the Night: a familiar romance? Conclusion; Notes; Index.
Fictions of Capital situates manners and writing about manners in the context of American capitalism between 1880 and 1960.