A Time for Bonding: Commerce, Love, and Law in the Merchant of Venice

Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature (Lexington Books, 2016), Edited by Edward W. Younkins, p. 79-94.

16 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2016

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This essay examines the plural nature and meaning of the word "bond" in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, dispelling popular readings of the play as anti-market. The Merchant of Venice is open to an array of interpretations favorable to commerce, and Shakespeare's Venice anticipates certain Hayekian notions about societies that accommodate competing interests and cultures.

Keywords: Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, Hayek, Bond, Love, Commerce

Suggested Citation

Mendenhall, Allen, A Time for Bonding: Commerce, Love, and Law in the Merchant of Venice (2016). Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature (Lexington Books, 2016), Edited by Edward W. Younkins, p. 79-94., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2746541

Allen Mendenhall (Contact Author)

Troy University ( email )

Troy, AL
United States

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