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Mammon's Music : Literature and Economics in the Age of Milton - Blair Hoxby

Mammon's Music

Literature and Economics in the Age of Milton


Published: 26th October 2002
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The commercial revolution of the seventeenth century deeply changed English culture. In this ambitious book, Blair Hoxby explores what that economic transformation meant to the century's greatest poet, John Milton, and to the broader literary tradition in which he worked. Hoxby places Milton's work-as well as the writings of contemporary reformers like the Levellers, poets like John Dryden, and political economists like Sir William Petty-within the framework of England's economic history between 1601 and 1724. Literary history swerved in this period, Hoxby demonstrates, as a burgeoning economic discourse pressed authors to reimagine ideas about self, community, and empire. Hoxby shows that, contrary to commonly held views, Milton was a sophisticated economic thinker. Close readings of Milton's prose and verse reveal the importance of economic ideas in a wide range of his most famous writings, from Areopagitica to Samson Agonistes to Paradise Lost.

A Note on Conventions and Texts
Introductionp. 1
The Trade of Truth Advancedp. 25
Republican Experiments, Royalist Responsesp. 62
The King of Tradep. 91
Royalist Topography and the Epic of Tradep. 129
Speculation in Paradisep. 150
From Amboyna to Windsor Forestp. 178
Idleness Had Been Worsep. 205
Conclusionp. 233
Abbreviationsp. 253
Notesp. 255
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780300093780
ISBN-10: 0300093780
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th October 2002
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.62