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Fraud, Mockery, Jest, and Cony-Catching in the Early Modern Period

Posted By Ani Govjian, Friday, July 20, 2018

Fraud, Mockery, Jest, and Cony-Catching in the Early Modern Period

To what extent is a jest also a lie? Are frauds funny? Taking a cue from “mockery” as mimic, sham, and spoof, this panel is interested in the ways fraud, imposture, and deceit function as ludic entertainment – whether intentionally or as byproduct.

This panel invites submissions that consider the jocularity of fraud, counterfeit, trickery, disguise, quackery, and cozenage. Papers are welcome to explore the theme in regards to:

-  Material culture including trick objects like blow books, mock almanacs, or fraudulent copies of famous works

Gendered experiences of deception or artifice

-  Jestbooks, ludic ballads, mock pamphlets

-  Mountebanks, street performers, gambling games, and pick-pockets

Medicine, especially the preoccupation with quack physicians

Natural philosophy and debates pushing back against charges of superstition

-  Magic, either through a focus on prestidigitation or representations and discussions of witchcraft

Satire

parody

Religious debates including displays of anti-Catholic sentiment and fears as well as fetishizations of “Popery”

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

 

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

    title for the paper

    abstract of 150 words

    1-page CV

    current contact information

    A/V requirements

 

Submit proposals to agovjian@live.unc.edu by Friday, August 10, 2018. Subject line: “RSA – Fraud and Mockery.”

 

Tags:  allegory  archival research  book history  drama  early modern  English literature  gender  interdisciplinary  literature  manuscript  material culture  mimesis  Poetry  popular culture  print culture  recipe books  religious  Renaissance literature  Renaissance studies  reproductive prints  truth 

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