New World Gold Cultural Anxiety and Monetary Disorder in Early Modern Spain
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Elvira Vilches examines economic treatises, stories of travel and conquest, moralist writings, fiction, poetry, and drama to reveal that New World gold ultimately became a problematic source of power that destabilized Spain’s sense of ...
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Associate Professor of Romance Studies
My teaching and research interests include early modern Spanish and Colonial Latin American literature, the rise of capitalism, economic thought, and the making of practical knowledge. I study how 16th and 17th century thinkers, authors, and observers across the Spanish empire grappled with money, commerce, and economic challenges that resemble our own. My interest on the interface between literature, history, and economics led to the publication of New World Gold: Cu