The Rhetoric of Credit: Merchants in Early Modern Writing

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2002 - 217 стор.
"Recent influential work on Jacobean city comedies, by Jean-Christophe Agnew and Douglas Bruster in particular, is confined to the well-worn topics of urban alienation and the avaricious merchant, drawing on 1550s sermons and tracts against usury. In this model, where social credit is deemed to circulate without limit, the city comedy's specific reference to contemporary ideas of trade, cash, and credit is lost. The plays are reduced to moral satires against greed, humoural comedies of the hollow self, or self-referencing literary artifacts which create and interact with a coterie audience. Aging rants against avarice might account for earlier interludes which mock usurers and misers, but not for the slick, formal pleasures of the city comedy, bringing together gull, courtesan, prodigal gallant, virgin daughter, and jealous citizen father or husband."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Introduction
11
The Commodity of Credit Double Entry and the Merchants Word
23
Merchant Handbooks Advice
26
The Theology of Credit Risk and Opportunity Cost
44
The Image of Credit
53
Bankrupts and Sovereign Debt
61
The Credit of Cash
71
Imaginary Monies
78
Misers and Hard Cash
84
If You Know Not Me 2 and Commercial Revue
87
The Alchemist and the Art of Adequation
108
Eastward Ho and Social Catachresis
122
Afterword
140
Notes
141
Index
212
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