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

David Landreth

in The Face of Mammon

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199773299
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932665 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773299.003.0002
At Home with Mammon Matter, Money, and Memory in The Faerie Queene and The Jew of Malta

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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

Chapter.  21828 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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