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Idioms of Self Interest: Credit, Identity, and Property in by Jill Phillips Ingram

By Jill Phillips Ingram

Idioms of Self-Interest uncovers an rising social integration of financial self-interest in early sleek England by means of studying literary representations of credits relationships during which people are either held to criteria of communal belief and rewarded for risk-taking enterprise.

Drawing on women’s wills, retailers’ tracts, estate legislations, mock testaments, mercantilist pamphlets and theatrical account books, and using the most recent paintings in financial idea and background, the ebook examines the background of financial concept because the historical past of discourse. In chapters that concentrate on The service provider of Venice, Eastward Ho!, and Whitney’s Wyll and Testament, it unearths linguistic and widely used tension put on an ethics of credits that permits for self-interest. Authors additionally sign up this pressure because the failure of financial structures that deny self-interest, as within the overwrought paternalistic platforms depicted in Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens and Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis.

The ebook demonstrates that Renaissance interpretive formations pertaining to fiscal behaviour have been extra versatile and cutting edge than appears to be like before everything look, and it argues that the idea of self-interest is a coherent locus of interpretation within the early 17th century.

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