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Performing Economic Thought: English Drama and Mercantile Writing 1600-1642

Bradley Ryner


This book argues for a generative relationship between economic thought and dramatic form in early modern English drama by examining representations of economic exchange in plays and mercantile treatises written in the early decades the seventeenth century when economic thinkers associated with “mercantilism” were re-examined how they conceptualised and depicted commerce as a system. Treatises by Thomas Milles, Gerard Malynes, Edward Misselden, and Thomas Mun are considered alongside plays by William Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton, Walter Mountfort, Thomas Heywood, Ben Jonson, Philip Massinger ... More

Keywords: drama, dramatic form, early modern, economics, mercantilism, renaissance, rhetoric, science studies, seventeenth century, Shakespeare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748684656
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bradley Ryner, author
Arizona State University