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The Gender of Money in Middle English Literature

Value and Economy in Late Medieval England

  • Diane Cady

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

About this book

Introduction

The Gender of Money in Middle English Literature: Value and Economy in Late Medieval England explores the vital and under-examined role that gender plays in the conceptualization of money and value in a period that precedes and shapes what we now recognize as the discipline of political economy.  Through readings of a range of late Middle English texts, this book demonstrates the ways in which gender ideology provided a vocabulary for articulating fears and fantasies about money and value in the late Middle Ages. These ideas inform beliefs about money and value in the West, particularly in realms that are often seen as outside the sphere of economy, such as friendship, love and poetry.  Exploring the gender of money helps us to better understand late medieval notions of economy, and to recognize the ways in which gender ideology continues to haunt our understanding of money and value, albeit often in occluded ways.

Keywords

medieval cultural imaginary gender ideology economy and medieval studies gender studies feminist theory queer theory biopolitics political economy medieval money and value history of economy in the Middle Ages money wealth power poverty

Authors and affiliations

  • Diane Cady
    • 1
  1. 1.Mills CollegeOaklandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26261-7
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-26260-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-26261-7
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