Wives, Courtesans, and the Economics of Love in Jacobean City Comedy


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Several writers of Jacobean city comedy1 seem to have anticipated the 19th-century axiom that marriage and money are the only subjects worth writing about, for many of these plays deal with little else, and in such a way as to make the pursuit of love and the pursuit of wealth virtually indistinguishable from one another.

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