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By Amanda Bailey

The past due sixteenth-century penal debt bond, which allowed an unhappy creditor to grab the physique of his debtor, set in movement a sequence of precedents that will form the felony, philosophical, and ethical factor of property-in-person in England and the USA for hundreds of years. targeting this ancient juncture at which debt litigation used to be no longer only a facet of society yet looked as if it would engulf it thoroughly, Of Bondage examines a tradition that understood cash and the physique of the borrower as similar kinds of estate that impinged on each other in the intervening time of default.

Amanda Bailey indicates that the early smooth theater, itself depending on debt bonds, used to be good located to degree the complicated moral concerns raised by means of a process of forfeiture that registered as a physically occasion. whereas performs approximately debt like The service provider of Venice and The customized of the Country didn't use the language of political philosophy, they have been artistically and financially invested in exploring freedom as a functionality of ownership. via revealing dramatic literature's heretofore unacknowledged contribution to the constructing narrative of possessed individuals, Amanda Bailey not just deepens our knowing of creditor-debtor relatives within the interval but in addition sheds new mild at the conceptual stipulations for the associations of indentured servitude and African slavery. Of Bondage is key not just for college students and students of English literature but in addition for these drawn to British and colonial felony historical past, the background of human rights, and the sociology of economics.

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