Henry S. Turner

research, publications, teaching

The Culture of Capital

The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern Englandcultcap (New York and London: Routledge, 2002). The Culture of Capital brings together thirteen literary critics and historians to examine the problem of “capital” as both a linguistic artifact that must be traced through contracts, archives, dictionaries, or literary texts and as a historical phenomenon that requires a critical understanding of institutions, people, and power. The essays engage the birth of private property and the rise of cities, the appearance of the printed book, and the claims of modern science. The contributors explore the nuanced relationships among economic value and other forms of religious, cultural, political, and intellectual value, as well as the persistence of objects, activities, and concepts that resisted becoming “capital” in a modern sense.


Richard Cunningham, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée 34.2 (2007): 214-19.

Alan Shepard, The Sixteenth Century Journal 36 (2005): 609-11

Fritz Levy, Renaissance Quarterly 57 (2004): 330-31

Nicole Greenspan, Seventeenth Century News 62.1-2 (2004): 40-44.

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