Economics in the Early Modern Theater


This conference will consider a set of early modern English plays with strong economic and business themes. Participants will discuss perennial questions about the relationship and nature of business and money, business and law, and the effects--both positive and negative--of trade on human character and culture.


Conference Readings

Bate, Jonathan and Eric Rasmussen, eds. William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays (The RSC Shakespeare). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Heywood, Thomas. If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part Two (The Malone Society reprints). New York: AMS Press, 1985.

Jonson, Ben. The Alchemist and Other Plays: Volpone, or The Fox; Epicene, or The Silent Woman; The Alchemist; Bartholomew Fair (Oxford World’s Classics). Edited by Gordon Campbell. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Shakespeare, William. Timon of Athens (Arden Shakespeare). Edited by Anthony Dawson and Gretchen Minton. New York: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2008.

Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare). Edited by John Drakakis. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011.