Money, Commerce, and Economics in Late Medieval English Literature

Craig E. Bertolet (Hrsg.), Robert Epstein (Hrsg.)

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft

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This is the first collection of essays dedicated to the topics of money and economics in the English literature of the late Middle Ages. These essays explore ways that late medieval economic thought informs contemporary English texts and apply modern modes of economic analysis to medieval literature. In so doing, they read the importance and influence of historical records of practices as aids to contextualizing these texts. They also apply recent modes of economic history as a means to understand the questions the texts ask about economics, trade, and money. Collectively, these papers argue that both medieval and modern economic thought are key to valuable historical contextualization of medieval literary texts, but that this criticism can be advanced only if we also recognize the specificity of the economic and social conditions of late-medieval England.

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commercial economy of 14th-century England, the medieval free-market, economics in Chaucer, Karl Polanyi, Franciscan theology and social inequity, medieval antimercantilism, social strata in 14th century England, The Southern Passion, Merchant of Venice, Medieval devotional literature and economics, economics of salvation in Medieval literature, late medieval economics, modern economics in medieval context, economics and medieval collectivism, Piers Plowman, Dives and Pauper, Wynnere and Wastoure, Marxist historiography of the medieval period, Judas in medieval drama and poetry, gift-exchange in medieval England