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The Face of MammonThe Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature$
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David Landreth

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199773299

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773299.001.0001

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At Home with Mammon Matter, Money, and Memory in The Faerie Queene and The Jew of Malta

At Home with Mammon Matter, Money, and Memory in The Faerie Queene and The Jew of Malta

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(p.52) Chapter One At Home with Mammon Matter, Money, and Memory in The Faerie Queene and The Jew of Malta
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The Face of Mammon
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David Landreth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773299.003.0002

In Book 2 of The Faerie Queene, the debate between the knight Sir Guyon and the demon Mammon over the value of money is expressed in terms of consumption: money proves to be a value that desires to consume all other values, cruelly disordering not only the processes of bodily sustenance but the mnemonic relation of past to future and even the metaphysical relation of matter to form. But, as Marlowe's Jew of Malta and Spenser's own reconsideration of these problems in Book 5 of The Faerie Queene both demonstrate, attending to an anti-monetary version of consumption fails to account for the utility of money in the world, the ways in which we continue to depend upon money's instrumentality.

Keywords:   Spenser, Edmund. Faerie Queene, Marlowe, Christopher. Jew of Malta, Hylomorphism, teleology, consumption, instrumentality

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