Money and the Age of Shakespeare: Essays in New Economic Criticism [NOOK Book]

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Literary scholars, theorists, and historians deploy New Economic techniques to illuminate English Renaissance literature in fresh ways. Contributors variously explore poetry's precarious perch between gift and commodity; the longing for family in The Comedy of Errors as symbolically expressing the alienating pressures of mercantilism; Measure for Measure's representation of singlewomen and the feminization of poverty; the collision between two views of money in a possible collaboration between Shakespeare and ...

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Money and the Age of Shakespeare: Essays in New Economic Criticism

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Overview

Literary scholars, theorists, and historians deploy New Economic techniques to illuminate English Renaissance literature in fresh ways. Contributors variously explore poetry's precarious perch between gift and commodity; the longing for family in The Comedy of Errors as symbolically expressing the alienating pressures of mercantilism; Measure for Measure's representation of singlewomen and the feminization of poverty; the collision between two views of money in a possible collaboration between Shakespeare and Middleton; the cultural spread of an accounting mentality and quantitative thinking; and money as it crosses the frontier between price and pricelessness, from early bodily-injury insurance schemes to The Merchant of Venice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230258181
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • File size: 708 KB

Meet the Author

Linda Woodbridge is Distinguished Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Monetary Compensation for Injuries to the Body, A.D. 602-1697 19
2 Commerce, Community, and Nostalgia in The Comedy of Errors 39
3 Scene Stealers: Autolycus, The Winter's Tale and Economic Criticism 53
4 On a Certain Tendency in Economic Criticism of Shakespeare 67
5 Exchange Value and Empiricism in the Poetry of George Herbert 79
6 Work and the Gift: Notes toward an Investigation 97
7 Material Dispossessions and Counterfeit Investments: The Economies of Twelfth Night 113
8 Gift Exchange and Social Hierarchy in Thomas Deloney's Jack of Newbury 129
9 Taking Excess, Exceeding Account: Aristotle Meets The Merchant of Venice 143
10 The Lead Casket: Capital, Mercantilism, and The Merchant of Venice 159
11 The Fiend gives Friendly Counsel: Launcelot Gobbo and Polyglot Economics in The Merchant of Venice 177
12 Freeing Daughters on Open Markets: The Incest Clause in The Merchant of Venice 189
13 Usury and Counterfeiting in Wilson's The Three Ladies of London and The Three Lords and Three Ladies of London, and in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure 201
14 Middleton and Debt in Timon of Athens 219
15 Singlewomen and the Properties of Poverty in Measure for Measure 237
16 Fetish and Poem: Ben Jonson's Dilemma 251
Index 265
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