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Shakespeare and Economic Theory


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Series Editor's Preface Acknowledgements Preface PART ONE Economics in History and Criticism 1 'Will into appetite': Economics and Chrematistics 2 'The future comes apace': The Birth of Restricted Economy 3 The Last of the Schoolmen: The Marxist Tradition 4 'The hatch and brood of time': Beyond the Economy 5 Money as Metaphor: The New Economic Criticism PART TWO Economics in Shakespeare 6 'Going to the market-place': The Commons and the Commodity 7 'The soul of trade': Worth and Value 8 'Knaves of common hire': Wage Labour, Slavery and Reification 9 'Unkind abuse': The Legalization of Usury 10 'Lear's shadow': Identity, Property and Possession Conclusion: Magic and Alienation Notes Bibliography Index

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An introduction to economic literary theory as applied to Shakespeare, concentrating on the shifting relations between economics and literature in both the Renaissance and postmodern eras.

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David Hawkes is Professor in the Department of English at the Arizona State University, USA.


In a text rich with illustrations drawn from both the plays and Sonnets, Hawkes shows not only how Shakespeare was fully aware of the economic circumstances in which his work was being received but also how this awareness informed his writing. ... [A] wide-ranging and readable account. * Times Literary Supplement *
The Arden Shakespeare has provided a benchmark for textual interpretation on the stage and academically for over a century. * Morning Star *
David Hawkes's Shakespeare and Economic Theory is the most densely ambitious of the three, though its 88-page overview of economic theory (including classical economic terminology and Marxism, and summarizing the history of Marxist and anti-Marxist economic theory in Shakespeare studies) is itself a minor miracle of clarity and concision. -- Curtis Perry * Studies in English Literature *

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