David Landreth

Associate Professor
C53 Hearst Field Annex
Office hours, Spring 2017: Thursdays 12:30 - 3:30, HFA lawn (if sunny) or HFA C53 (if dreary)

Professional Statement

I work on the literature and culture of Tudor and early Stuart England. My main expertise is in materialism (in its Marxist, ancient, and "new materialist" manifestations); I am also engaged by problems of word and image, religiosity, and humanist learning.



Title Fields
Dl_cover_final The Face of Mammon: the Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature
Money talked in sixteenth-century England, as money still does today. But what the sixteenth century’s gold and silver had to say for itself is strikingly different from the modern discourse of money. As David Landreth demonstrates in The Face of Mammon, the material and historical differences between the coins of the English Renaissance and today’s paper and electronic money propel....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

The Face of Mammon: The Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature. Oxford UP, 2012.

"Spenser's Envious History." In the collection Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts, eds. Amanda Bailey and Mario Di Gangi. Forthcoming.

"Donne's Monies." In the collection John Donne in Context, ed. Michael Schoenfeldt. Forthcoming.

"How Does Matter Feel?" Review essay. Spenser Review 44.3 (Winter 2015).

"Wit without Money: Exhaustion and Abundance in Nashe's Accounts." In the collection The Age of Nashe, eds. Joan Pong Linton, Steven Guy-Bray, and Steve Mentz. Ashgate Press, 2013.

"Crisis before Economy: Dearth and Reformation in the Tudor Commonwealth." The Journal of Cultural Economy 5.2 (May 2012): 147-63. 

“At Home with Mammon: Money, Matter, and Memory in Book II of The Faerie Queene,” ELH 73.1 (Spring 2006): 245-274.

“Once More into the Preech: the Merry Wives’ English Pedagogy.” Shakespeare Quarterly 55.4 (Winter 2004): 420-449.

Current Research

My current project looks at the scholarly and poetic project of "Renaissance"--the rebirth of the past in the present--as a scene of tumultuous feeling, both positive and negative, and construes both "feeling" and "past" in terms that are as materialist and sensuous as I can push them to be. I've been thinking a great deal about envy as a way to feel about new historical relations, and about the emergence of "anachronism" as a unit of scholarly disapproval. I am now starting to think about what glory is made of.

Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
28/1 Introduction to the Study of Drama Drama
45A/1 Literature in English: Through Milton Introductory Surveys
45A/101 -- discussion section No instructor assigned yet.
45A/102 -- discussion section No instructor assigned yet.
45A/103 -- discussion section No instructor assigned yet.
Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
117B/1 Shakespeare: Shakespeare after 1600 Shakespeare
217/1 Shakespeare Shakespeare
Graduate Courses
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
165/9 Special Topics: Ovid and the English Renaissance Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern
Special Topics
203/3 Graduate Readings: Edmund Spenser Renaissance and Early Modern
Graduate Courses

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