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Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700

Idols of the Marketplace

Idolatry and Commodity Fetishism in English Literature, 1580–1680

Authors: Hawkes, D.

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Postmodern society seems incapable of elaborating an ethical critique of the market economy. Early modern society showed no such reticence. Between 1580 and 1680, Aristotelian teleology was replaced as the dominant mode of philosophy in England by Baconian empiricism. This was a process with implications for every sphere of life: for politics and theology, economics and ethics, aesthetics and sexuality. Through nuanced and original readings of Shakespeare, Herbert, Donne, Milton, Traherne, and Bunyan, David Hawkes sheds light on the antitheatrical controversy, and early modern debates over idolatry and value and trade. Hawkes argues that the people of Renaissance England believed that the decline of telos resulted in a reified, fetishistic mode of consciousness which manifests itself in such phenomena as religious idolatry, commodity fetish, and carnal sensuality. He suggests that the resulting early modern critique of the market economy has much to offer postmodern society.

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DAVID HAWKES is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. He is the author of Ideology.

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'Idols of the Marketplace constitutes an original and fully historicized analysis of six important early modern writers, along with.. the early Christian and early modern debate over idolatry, the early modern debates over value and trade, and the antitheatrical controversy. The boldness lies in its willingness to entertain and examine the idea that early modern defences of intrinsic value and teleology may in fact contain a politically and ethically useful theory of society...Professor Hawkes's prose is clear and accessible without being reductive'. - From reader's report by James Holstrum

'Idols of the Market Place is an excellent book - provocative, coherent and full of insight.' - Times Literary Supplement

'...provocative and fascinating readings of early modern texts by a knowledgeable and astute author.' - Laura Lunger Knoppers, Albion


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Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Idols of the Marketplace
Book Subtitle
Idolatry and Commodity Fetishism in English Literature, 1580–1680
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
David Hawkes
eBook ISBN
978-0-312-29269-0
DOI
10.1057/9780312292690
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-24007-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38715-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 294
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