Of Bondage (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
224
Utgivningsdatum
2013-05-17
Förlag
University of Pennsylvania Press
Illustrationer
1 illus.
Dimensioner
231 x 160 x 25 mm
Vikt
499 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
8:B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Blue Cloth w/Jacket on Creme w/Gloss Lam
ISBN
9780812245165
Of Bondage (inbunden)

Of Bondage

Debt, Property, and Personhood in Early Modern England

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The late sixteenth-century penal debt bond, which allowed an unsatisfied creditor to seize the body of his debtor, set in motion a series of precedents that would shape the legal, philosophical, and moral issue of property-in-person in England and America for centuries. Focusing on this historical juncture at which debt litigation was not merely an aspect of society but seemed to engulf it completely, Of Bondage examines a culture that understood money and the body of the borrower as comparable forms of property that impinged on one another at the moment of default. Amanda Bailey shows that the early modern theater, itself dependent on debt bonds, was well positioned to stage the complex ethical issues raised by a system of forfeiture that registered as a bodily event. While plays about debt like The Merchant of Venice and The Custom of the Country did not use the language of political philosophy, they were artistically and financially invested in exploring freedom as a function of possession. By revealing dramatic literature's heretofore unacknowledged contribution to the developing narrative of possessed persons, Amanda Bailey not only deepens our understanding of creditor-debtor relations in the period but also sheds new light on the conceptual conditions for the institutions of indentured servitude and African slavery. Of Bondage is vital not only for students and scholars of English literature but also for those interested in British and colonial legal history, the history of human rights, and the sociology of economics.
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"[Bailey] offers a compelling account of the role of debt in the early modern imaginary. . . . [Her] literary exegesis . . . raises important historical questions."-Sixteenth Century Journal "Absorbing and beautifully written. Amanda Bailey thinks about debt as a bodily event at the center of political and moral issues raised by contract law, including the question of self-ownership."-Jonathan Gil Harris, George Washington University

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Amanda Bailey is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland and author of Flaunting: Style and the Subversive Male Body in Renaissance England.

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Preface Introduction: Bound Bodies and the Theater of Debt Chapter 1. Timon of Athens, Forms of Payback, and the Genre of Debt Chapter 2. Shylock and the Slaves: Owing and Owning in The Merchant of Venice Chapter 3. Michaelmas Term and the Problem of Satisfaction Chapter 4. Freedom, Bondage, and Redemption in The Custom of the Country Chapter 5. Prison Prose, the Pit, and the End of Tricks Epilogue: The Debtor and the Slave Notes Works Cited Index Acknowledgments