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

  • Linda Woodbridge

Part of the Early Modern Cultural Studies book series (EMCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Linda Woodbridge
    Pages 1-18
  3. Scott Cutler Shershow
    Pages 97-112
  4. John Jowett
    Pages 219-235
  5. Katharine Eisaman Maus
    Pages 251-264
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-281

About this book


In this collection 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, and from early bodily-injury insurance schemes to The Merchant of Venice .


English literature poem poetry poverty Renaissance William Shakespeare

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Woodbridge
    • 1
  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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