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Monetary Policy King John and Measure for Measure

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/9780199773299.003.0003
Monetary Policy King John and Measure for Measure

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Two of Shakespeare's political plays, King John and Measure for Measure, use the minting of the sovereign's portrait upon the coin to define the political problem of reproduction. For King John, the coin reformulates the play's dynastic conundrums into the terms of “Commodity, the bias of the world,” while for Measure for Measure the reproduction of images contests with sexual reproduction to express the relationship of the sovereign Duke to the flawed deputy in whom his authority is reproduced. For both plays, the eccentric and perverse circulation of coins manifests the irreducible errancy of contingency within the distribution of power.

Keywords: Shakespeare; William. King John; Shakespeare; William. Measure for Measure; politics; reproduction; contingency

Chapter.  21024 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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