Coinage And State Formation In Early Modern English Literature

Hardcover | February 15, 2011

byStephen Deng

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This book posits that coins and their (especially literary) representations were inextricably bound with several key factors for English state formation within the period. After surveying various definitions and histories of the “state” within the first chapter, this book identifies five major dimensions of state formation which correspond to the five chapters of the book: centralized institutional developments; the limits and extent of state and monarchical authority according to custom, reason and natural law; the development and expansion of a legal framework, in particular statute law, for moral regulation and upholding of state prerogatives; the political theology of state evident especially in the charisma of kingship; and the territorial boundaries of state authority, including their impact on intra-state relations. Most of the chapters marry an element of coinage and a literary text (or set of texts) to one of the key factors in English state formation.

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This book posits that coins and their (especially literary) representations were inextricably bound with several key factors for English state formation within the period. After surveying various definitions and histories of the “state” within the first chapter, this book identifies five major dimensions of state formation which corres...

Stephen Deng is an Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 8.1 × 5.6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230110231

ISBN - 13:9780230110236

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Rough Economies: The Politics and Poetics of Coinage * Dimensions of State Formation * More’s Utopia and the Logic of Debasement: Reason, Custom and Natural Laws of Coinage * The Great Debasement and its Aftermath * Coining Crimes and Moral Regulation in Measure for Measure * "Mysteries of State": The Political Theology of Money in Macbeth * Foreign Coins and Domestic Exclusion in Thomas Dekker's The Shoemaker's Holiday * Conclusion. The Changing Matter of Money 

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"In this exciting study, Stephen Deng combines the new materialist method with the 'new economic criticism' practiced by such critics as Marc Shell and Jean-Joseph Goux to produce some remarkable insights into an array of literary texts . . . Coinage and State Formation is an indispensible text for anyone seeking to understand the relations among money, subjectivity, and political authority in early modern England. Given the continued pertinence of these issues in our own time, it will undoubtedly attract numerous enthusiastic readers. Anyone feeling slightly weary of the new materialism's infatuation with objects will be grateful for Deng's bracing, long-overdue return to political engagement." - The Journal of British Studies