Seminar 7 - RETHINKING DEBT AND EXODUS THROUGH EARLY MODERN AND LATE MODERN RESPONSES

Academic year: 
2016/17
Seminar n°: 
7 (Week 1)
Teachers: 
Miguel RAMALHETE GOMES
University: 
Universidade do Porto
Seminar presentation: 

This seminar will start with a parallel discussion of concepts of usury and debt in Early Modern and Late Modern contexts. The participants will be asked to consider the recent upsurge of critical responses to the contemporary debt crisis, in order to use them as theoretical and experiential tools with which to approach the Early Modern experience of indebtedness and its economic theories, specifically as they appear in Shakespeare. The different effects that money and debt have on bodies and social bonds will be explored and linked to forms of resistance, from exodus to uprising. This will imply considering forms of spatial mobility in connection with economic failure, scarcity and hoarding. The ways in which these questions are dealt with in the plays will also be accounted for through a group discussion of the co-authorship of Timon of Athens and of Shakespeare’s manipulation of Roman sources in Coriolanus, thus adding a third temporal layer to the Early Modern / Late Modern focus.

 
 
 
 

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