By David Landreth
Although the 16th century used to be marked through the aggravating emergence of stipulations that may turn out to be attribute of the trendy economic system, the self-discipline of economics had now not been invented to evaluate these stipulations. The Face of Mammon considers how literary texts investigated those unexplained fabric variations via realization to the materiality of gold and silver funds. In new readings of Spenser's Faerie Queene, Marlowe's Jew of Malta, 3 performs by way of Shakespeare-King John, The service provider of Venice, and Measure for Measure-the poetry of John Donne, and the prose of Thomas Nashe, Landreth argues that those texts situate the act of trade on the heart of a procedure of "common wealth" that sought to combine political, moral, and non secular values with fabric ones, and probe the ways that industry worth corrodes that method while it depends on it.
Joining the tools of material-culture stories to these of financial feedback, The Face of Mammon bargains a brand new account of the historic adjustments of the concept that of worth to students of early smooth literature, tradition, and artwork, in addition to to these attracted to fiscal history.
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The Face of Mammon: The Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature by David Landreth