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520 Class 5

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COMMUNITAS AND CITY TYPES
WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS

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Learning Outcomes:
  • Take stock of the genres we have seen in the first five classes.
  • Gain a sense of the complexity of London’s communitas and the various subject positions that London’s citizens and denizens occupied.
  • Discuss the literary representations of economic conflicts and negotiations in the communitas.
  • Locate individual citizens and denizens within the overlapping and nested worlds that made up the communitas.
Primary Reading:
  • Harrison, Description of England from Holinshed’s Chronicles (.doc file)
  • Whitney, Last Wyll and Testament (.pdf file; also available on MoEML with links to streets and sites)
  • Dekker, A briefe and merry Prognostication, presaging good fortunes to a Set of fundamentall TRADES from The Owles Almanacke (EEBO; use Table of Contents in transcription to find the section)
  • Fennor, selection from The Compter’s Commonwealth (.pdf file).
Secondary Reading: None required for this class.
Other References: Rappaport; Jones; Travitsky; Hentschell gives a summary of the 1613-1614 Cockayne Project (to export dyed and dressed cloths) in her Chapter 6, Politics on Parade: The Cockayne Project and Anthony Munday’s Civic Pageants for the Drapers; Harte. Note! These references are for information only. I may draw upon them in my discussion, but do not expect you to read them.
Discussion Questions:
  1. Is Holinshed’s tone primarily one of nostalgia (like that of Stow), of disgust and pessimism, of concern and warning, or simply that of a detached chronicler attempting to present both historical origins and present reality? Keeping in mind that Holinshed expresses his desire to not offend too much (1), who is his audience? (KTY)
  2. The Counter’s Commonwealth describes its characters as citizens of London, but never of Heavenly Jerusalem (445). How is this concern about the social mobility of these unconscionable citizens (446) and the rampant injustice and dishonesty in the city treated in Holinshed’s Chronicles and Whitney’s poem? (KTY)
  3. Whitney’s poetic account clearly presents London’s communitas. Even though the author herself may not have been born in the city (as the footnote on page 291 acknowledges), does her writing imply that she considers herself a true Londoner? If so, what inspires her to possess this self-perception? Is it her familiarity with the city, both its distinctive streets and socially diverse inhabitants, or something else? (KTY)
  4. Dekker and Whitney show a sense of authority in depicting the city. For example, Whitney frequently says I shall leave behind (291), and Dekker prognosticates the business of different trades and openly laughs at some of them. Where does this sense of authority come from? How do the two writers position themselves in the communitas, which is hierarchically classified and economically bound? (CZ)

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MLA citation:

Jenstad, Janelle, Katherine Young, and Can Zheng. “520 Class 5.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Web. 27 May 2017. <http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/FIVE1.htm>.

Chicago citation:

Jenstad, Janelle, Katherine Young, and Can Zheng. n.d. “520 Class 5.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed May 27, 2017. http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/FIVE1.htm.

APA citation:

Jenstad J., K. Young, & C. Zheng. (n.d.). 520 Class 5. In J. Jenstad (Ed.), The Map of Early Modern London. Retrieved May 27, 2017, from http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/FIVE1.htm

TEI citation:

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