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The Face of Mammon: The Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature

David Landreth


The Face of Mammon studies the gold and silver coins of sixteenth‐century England as they are articulated in literary writing. Landreth argues that the coinage of the sixteenth century is a very different object from the money that we know—not only formally but conceptually, in that modern money is the object proper to a discourse, economics, that had not yet taken shape in the sixteenth century. Instead, a Renaissance coin is an arena contested among multiple early modern discourses that each seek to encompass it, such as ontology, ethics, and politics. The writers central to thi ... More

Keywords: economic criticism, materialism, value, Sixteenth-century English literature, coinage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199773299
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773299.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Landreth, author
University of California, Berkeley