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The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England - Abigail, Dr Shinn

The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England

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Published: 28th August 2014
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The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of current research on popular culture in the early modern era. For the first time a detailed yet wide-ranging consideration of the breadth and scope of early modern popular culture in England is collected in one volume, highlighting the interplay of 'low' and 'high' modes of cultural production (while also questioning the validity of such terminology). The authors examine how popular culture impacted upon people's everyday lives during the period, helping to define how individuals and groups experienced the world. Issues as disparate as popular reading cultures, games, food and drink, time, textiles, religious belief and superstition, and the function of festivals and rituals are discussed. This research companion will be an essential resource for scholars and students of early modern history and culture.

'This broad-ranging and ambitious volume provides us with an extraordinary window onto the vibrant world of everyday experience in early modern England. The essays collected here offer a vivid introduction to the laughter and shouting, dancing and singing, gossip and gambling, eating and drinking that alleviated the harsh realities of work, life and death, and to the imaginative work of discovery and interpretation that has so distinguished this field in the last two generations.' Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews, UK 'This is the perfect companion for students and scholars interested in the popular culture of early modern England. It is brilliantly imagined and usefully organized, and has brought together work by some of the most influential scholars in the field, as well as by some of the brightest young researchers redefining it as it moves forward.' David Scott Kastan, Yale University, USA 'The book boasts an impressive list of contributors, and is written to be easily understood by both and expert audiences. It can be read through in its entirety as a textbook ... Ample footnotes and bibliographies for additional reading are provided. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.' Choice

Contents: Introduction: thinking about popular culture in early modern England, Matthew Dimmock, Andrew Hadfield and Abigail Shinn; Section I Key Issues: Recovering speech acts, Arnold Hunt; Youth culture, Edel Lamb; Festivals, Tracy Hill; Popular reading and writing, Femke Molekamp; Visual culture, Tara Hamling; Myth and legend, Angus Vine; Religious belief, Mike Rodman-Jones. Section II Everyday Life: Courtship, sex and marriage, Ian Moulton; Food and drink, Philip Withington; Work, Mark Netzloff; Gendered labour, Helen Smith; Crime Duncan Salkeld; Popular xenophobia, Matthew Birchwood and Matthew Dimmock; Games, Joachim Frenk; Cultures of mending, Abigail Shinn. Section III The Experience of the World: Politics, Andrew Hadfield; Riot and rebellion, Elizabeth Sauer; Time, Neil Rhodes; Property, Ceri Sullivan; Popular medicine, Margaret Healy; Superstition and witchcraft, Simon Davies; Military culture, Rory Rapple; popular culture in early modern London, Lawrence Manley; Index.

ISBN: 9781409436850
ISBN-10: 1409436853
Audience: Professional
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 28th August 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Edition Number: 1