Berkeley English Faculty

David Landreth

David Landreth

Associate Professor

Wheeler Hall, room 402
Office hours, Spring 2019: Tues. 9:30-11:30 and Weds. 10-11
dlandreth@berkeley.edu


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.


Books
The Face of Mammon: the Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature
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 Ma....(read more)


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

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

"Donne's Monies." In the collection John Donne in Context, ed. Michael Schoenfeldt. Oxford UP, 2019.

"Spenser's Envious History." In the collection Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts, eds. Amanda Bailey and Mario Di Gangi. Palgrave, 2017.

"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
fall, 2019

17/1

Shakespeare

17/101 -- discussion section

No instructor assigned yet.

17/102 -- discussion section

No instructor assigned yet.

17/103 -- discussion section

No instructor assigned yet.

17/104 -- discussion section

No instructor assigned yet.

190/2

Research Seminar: Shakespeare and Company

spring, 2019

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

45A/101 -- discussion section

Hinojosa, Bernardo S.

45A/102 -- discussion section

Drawdy, Miles

45A/103 -- discussion section

Drawdy, Miles

45A/104 -- discussion section

Hinojosa, Bernardo S.

45A/105 -- discussion section

D'Silva, Eliot

45A/106 -- discussion section

D'Silva, Eliot

246C/1

Graduate Proseminars (Renaissance): the End of Scholarism

fall, 2018

17/1

Shakespeare

17/101 -- discussion section

Acu, Adrian Mark

17/102 -- discussion section

Ding, Katherine

17/103 -- discussion section

Acu, Adrian Mark

17/104 -- discussion section

Ding, Katherine

spring, 2018

190/9

Research Seminar: The Faerie Queene: The Ethics of Imagination

spring, 2017

28/1

Introduction to the Study of Drama

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

45A/101 -- discussion section

Ripplinger, Michelle

45A/102 -- discussion section

Swensen, Dana

45A/103 -- discussion section

Young, Rosetta