Rodney Herring on Developing Features of Economic Writing in the 18th Century

Published: Sept. 29, 2021

Associate Professor of English Rodney Herring’s article “'Money is not a Pledge': Early Financial Genres, the Battle of the Banks, and John Law's Money and Trade Considered” appeared in the most recent issue of The Eighteenth Century. Co-authored with Mark Longaker, the essay uses rhetorical analysis to examine the development of two generic features—abstraction and the plain style—that would come to characterize modern economic writing and how those features responded to financial exigencies in London at the beginning of the eighteenth century.