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Of Bondage: Debt, Property, and Personhood in Early Modern by Amanda Bailey

By Amanda Bailey

The overdue sixteenth-century penal debt bond, which allowed an unhappy creditor to grab the physique of his debtor, set in movement a chain of precedents that might form the felony, philosophical, and ethical factor of property-in-person in England and the US for hundreds of years. targeting this old juncture at which debt litigation used to be no longer simply a side of society yet appeared to engulf it thoroughly, Of Bondage examines a tradition that understood funds and the physique of the borrower as related varieties of estate that impinged on each other in the meanwhile of default.

Amanda Bailey indicates that the early sleek theater, itself depending on debt bonds, was once good situated to degree the complicated moral matters raised by way of a approach of forfeiture that registered as a physically occasion. whereas performs approximately debt like The service provider of Venice and The customized of the Country didn't use the language of political philosophy, they have been artistically and financially invested in exploring freedom as a functionality of ownership. through revealing dramatic literature's heretofore unacknowledged contribution to the constructing narrative of possessed people, Amanda Bailey not just deepens our knowing of creditor-debtor kin within the interval but in addition sheds new mild at the conceptual stipulations for the associations of indentured servitude and African slavery. Of Bondage is key not just for college students and students of English literature but in addition for these drawn to British and colonial criminal historical past, the heritage of human rights, and the sociology of economics.

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