Market Pledge and Gender Bargain: Commercial Relations in French Farce, 1450-1550

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Although commercial activity is frequent in the Farce, little work has been done on the economic elements of this bourgeois genre. This study uses a knowledge of medieval and renaissance money and monetary systems for a clearer understanding of these plays, and investigates the thematic importance of economic exchange for both the mercantile and the conjugal farces. The cultural significance of the ritual words, gestures, and gifts frequently used in the scene of exchange has long been overlooked, hindering ...
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Overview

Although commercial activity is frequent in the Farce, little work has been done on the economic elements of this bourgeois genre. This study uses a knowledge of medieval and renaissance money and monetary systems for a clearer understanding of these plays, and investigates the thematic importance of economic exchange for both the mercantile and the conjugal farces. The cultural significance of the ritual words, gestures, and gifts frequently used in the scene of exchange has long been overlooked, hindering interpretation of plays dealing with mercantile trickery and amorous bargaining.
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Draws on a knowledge of medieval and renaissance money and monetary systems to analyze commercial activity in the bourgeois literary genre. Clarifies the mercantile trickery and amorous bargaining by looking at the thematic importance of economic exchange for both the mercantile and conjugal farces; and the cultural significance of the ritual words, gestures, and gifts used in the scene of exchange. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820428697
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Studies in the Humanities
  • Pages: 200

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Money in its Cultural Context 15
Monetary Systems and their Use 16
Manipulation of Currency 21
The Economic Importance of Precious Metal 30
The Symbolic Importance of Gold and Coin 32
2 The English Manuals of French Conversation and the Farce 43
The English Manuals of French Conversation 43
The Bargain Scene in the Manuals 59
3 The Bargain Scene in the Farce: Pathelin 75
4 Further Bargaining: Le Nouveau Pathelin 107
5 The Gender Bargain 129
Popular Customs of Marriage and Betrothal 130
The Gender Bargain in the Farce 139
Conclusion 159
App The English Manuals of French Conversation 163
Notes 171
Bibliography 189
Index 207
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