Berkeley English Faculty

David Landreth

David Landreth

Associate Professor

Wheeler Hall, room 402
On sabbatical Fall 2022

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.

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.

"Sidney and Money." The Oxford Handbook of Sir Philip Sidney, ed. Catherine Bates. Oxford UP, forthcoming.

"Early Modern Literature and Monetary Debate." The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Economics, eds. Paul Crosthwaite, Nicky Marsh, and Peter Knight. Cambridge UP, 2022.

"Donne's Monies."  John Donne in Context, ed. Michael Schoenfeldt. Cambridge UP, 2019.

"Spenser's Envious History."  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." 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. The emotional patterns that have emerged as central to this investigation trace a strange set of interactions among envy, charity, glory, and shame in Renaissance approaches to matters from the medieval and classical past.

English Department Classes
spring, 2022


Shakespeare: Later Works

117B/101 -- discussion section

Karczmar, Naima

117B/102 -- discussion section

Karczmar, Naima

fall, 2021


Practices of Literary Study: Childish Things


English Drama from 1603 to 1700

spring, 2021


Literature in English: Through Milton

45A/101 -- discussion section

Bircea, Jason

45A/102 -- discussion section

Bircea, Jason

45A/103 -- discussion section

Geary, Christopher

45A/104 -- discussion section

Geary, Christopher


Graduate Readings: "A dream of passion": Affects in the Renaissance Theater

spring, 2020


Introduction to the Study of Drama


English Drama from 1603 to 1700