Corporate Culture: National and Transnational Corporations in Seventeenth-Century Literature, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Corporate Culture

National and Transnational Corporations in Seventeenth-Century Literature, 1st Edition

By Liam D. Haydon


192 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The corporation – an immortal collective bound to act for the common good – was developed in the seventeenth century, but comparatively little attention has been paid to its literary ramifications. This work combines corporate history with literary analysis to demonstrate how corporations, and the literature they engendered, shaped ideas of the public sphere, trust, the morality of trade and exchange, national identity, and salvation.

Drawing on a wide range of genres – including corporate publications, letters, and minute books; dramatic works; epic poetry and sermons – this study shows how widely corporate rhetoric spread, and how embedded it was in the early modern social imagination.

Table of Contents


1. The Corporate Public Sphere

2. Trusting the Corporation

3. The World’s Exchange

4. Epic, Nationalism, and the Corporation

5. The Corporation of Heaven


About the Author

Liam D. Haydon is a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for the Political Economies of International Commerce at the University of Kent.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge

This series explores Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge (c.1400-c.1700) in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. The volumes published in this series study the individuals, communities and networks involved in making and communicating knowledge during the first age of globalization. Authors investigate the perceptions, practices and modes of behaviour which shaped Renaissance and Early Modern intellectual endeavour and examine the ways in which they reverberated in the political, cultural, social and economic sphere.

The series is interdisciplinary, comparative and global in its outlook. We welcome submissions from new as well as existing fields of Renaissance Studies, including the history of literature (including neo-Latin, European and non-European languages), science and medicine, religion, architecture, environmental and economic history, the history of the book, art history, intellectual history and the history of music. We are particularly interested in proposals that straddle disciplines and are innovative in terms of approach and methodology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century