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The Work of Deceit in the Early Modern Period: Practice, Craft, and Labor of Crime

Posted By Ani Govjian, Saturday, May 20, 2017
Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Is clowning work? What is the practice of subterfuge? Are practical jokes and sleight-of-hand a craft? Is there a difference between the scholastic efforts of a Faustus and the homespun tinkering of an Autolycus? From Robert Greene’s cony-catching Pamphlets to the rise of quack physicians and mountebanks, a certain skill seems to be demanded of cozenage and fraud that make them resemble honest labor in uncanny ways.

This interdisciplinary Call for Papers seeks submissions that consider the work of fraud, deception, trickery, disguise, quackery, and cozenage. Papers could explore the theme in regards to:

-representation in art or literature

-historical or religious debates

-participation in a classical tradition of cunning

-gendered experiences of deception and craft

-magic or alchemy

-theatre, stagecraft, and/or anti-theatrical sentiment




Proposals should be for 20-minute papers, and should include:

    a title for the paper

    an abstract of 150 words

    a 1-page CV

    current contact information

Submit your proposal to by Friday, June 2, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Trick Work.”

Tags:  community  deception  drama  Early Modern  fraud  gender  labor  Literature  magic  mountebank  Poetry  Renaissance  Theater  trickery  urban  wordplay 

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