113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

British Literature and Culture: To 1700 I

Session Chair: 
Victoria White, University of California, Davis
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Salon I (ET)


  1. Keri Behre, Marylhurst University
    Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (1613) and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair (1614) are rich and preoccupied with the ownership, control, and consumption of food. In the context of expanding and distrusted food markets, the Wench in Chaste Maid plots to unload her baby and the city dwellers from Bartholomew Fair venture into the unfamiliar atmosphere of Ursula’s booth. In these plays, women garner power from food by participating in increasingly common extra-domestic food transactions.
  2. Rebecca Olson, Oregon State University
    This paper locates in the English printed commonplace books of the late 1590s an emphasis on shared experience with textual objects (i.e., books) that anticipates Jacobean figures of jealousy. These books mediate between two Tudor extremes: interest in the Commonweal on one hand, and jealousy, or fear of shared possession, on the other. 
  3. Vanita Neelakanta, Rider University
    My paper examines Peter Morwen's popular history of the siege of Jerusalem with special focus on his treatment of a widowed mother's cannibalism of her son, and its connection to early modern funeral culture. 
Session Cancelled: