Shakespeares Twenty-First Century Economics: The Morality of Love and Money

Hardcover | August 15, 1999

byFrederick Turner

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"I love you according to my bond," says Cordelia to her father in King Lear. As the play turns out, Cordelia proves to be an exemplary and loving daughter. A bond is both a legal or financial obligation, and a connection of mutual love. How are these things connected? In As You Like It,Shakespeare describes marriage as a "blessed bond of board and bed": the emotional, religious, and sexual sides of marriage cannot be detached from its status as a legal and economic contract. These examples are the pith of Frederick Turner's fascinating new book. Based on the proven maxim that "money makes the world go round," this engaging study draws from Shakespeare's texts to present a lexicon of common words, as well as a variety of familiar familial and cultural situations, in aneconomic context. Making constant recourse to well-known material from Shakespeare's plays, Turner demonstrates that the terms of money and value permeate our minds and lives even in our most mundane moments. His book offers a new, humane, evolutionary economics that fully expresses the moral,spiritual, and aesthetic relationships among persons, and between humans and nature. Playful and incisive, Turner's book offers a way to engage the wisdom of Shakespeare in everyday life in a trenchant prose that is accessible to lovers of Shakespeare at all levels.

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According to author Frederick Turner, Shakespearean characters seem to be preoccupied with monetary issues and contracts, even in affairs of the heart. Citing such examples as marriage contracts, obligations to show sufficient amounts of love and respect for fathers and honouring other vows and promises, Turner presents the legalities ...

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"I love you according to my bond," says Cordelia to her father in King Lear. As the play turns out, Cordelia proves to be an exemplary and loving daughter. A bond is both a legal or financial obligation, and a connection of mutual love. How are these things connected? In As You Like It,Shakespeare describes marriage as a "blessed bond...

Frederick Turner is at University of Texas at Dallas.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195128613

ISBN - 13:9780195128611

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Understanding Money2. "Great Creating Nature": How Human Economics Grows out of Natural Increase3. "Nothing Will Come of Nothing": The Love Bond and the Meaning of Zero4. "My Purse, My Purse": How Bonds Connect People and Property, Souls and Bodies5. "The Quality of Mercy is Not Strained": Why Justice Must be Lubricated with Mercy6. "Never Call a True Piece of Gold a Counterfeit": How Does One Stamp a Value on a Coin and Make it Stick?7. "Thou Owest God a Death": Debt, Time, and the Parable of the Talents8. "Bounty...That Grew the More for Reaping": Why Creation Enters into Bonds9. "Dear Life Redeems You": The Economics of Resurrection10. "O Brave New World": Shakespeare and the Economic FailureBibliography (Suggestions for Further Reading)

From Our Editors

According to author Frederick Turner, Shakespearean characters seem to be preoccupied with monetary issues and contracts, even in affairs of the heart. Citing such examples as marriage contracts, obligations to show sufficient amounts of love and respect for fathers and honouring other vows and promises, Turner presents the legalities in this 16th-century playwright’s work in Shakespeare’s Twenty-First Century Economics.

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"It is impossible in a short review to do justice to the richness of Shakespeare's wisdom or the brilliance of Turner's analysis."--The Arkansas Deomcrat-Gazette