The New Middle Ages

Money, Commerce, and Economics in Late Medieval English Literature

Editors: Bertolet, Craig E., Epstein, Robert (Eds.)

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  • Elucidates the complexity of economic thought animating medieval cultural productionApplies modern and emerging economic theories to medieval texts
  • Analyzes the specific economic and social conditions of late-medieval England 
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About this book

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.


About the authors

Craig E. Bertolet is Professor of Medieval English Literature at Auburn University, USA. He is the author of Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve, and the Commercial Practices of Late Fourteenth-Century London (2013) and articles and book chapters on the intersection between medieval culture and its literature. He is at work on a book concerning the crisis of money in late medieval English literature.

Robert Epstein is Professor of English at Fairfield University, USA. He is the author of Chaucer’s Gifts: Exchange and Value in the Canterbury Tales (forthcoming). 

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“This collection is a valuable survey of recent trends in economic approaches to Middle English literature, with contributions by a number of well-known scholars in the field as well as emerging voices. … Most importantly, in the imagination and theoretical boldness that its contributors bring to bear, the book suggests how to do this scholarship well.” (Walter Wadiak, The Review of English Studies, October 30, 2018)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: “Greet prees at Market”—Money Matters in Medieval English Literature

    Bertolet, Craig E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Judas and the Economics of Salvation in Medieval English Literature

    O’Neill, Rosemary

    Pages 11-30

  • “Whoso wele schal wyn, a wastour moste he fynde”: Interreliant Economies and Social Capital in Wynnere and Wastoure

    Sweeten, David

    Pages 31-46

  • “The ryche man hatz more nede thanne the pore”: Economics and Dependence in Dives and Pauper

    Harper, Elizabeth

    Pages 47-58

  • Summoning Hunger: Polanyi, Piers Plowman, and the Labor Market

    Epstein, Robert

    Pages 59-76

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Hardcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Money, Commerce, and Economics in Late Medieval English Literature
Editors
  • Craig E. Bertolet
  • Robert Epstein
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71900-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71900-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71899-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-89118-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 185
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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