520 Class 5
COMMUNITAS AND CITY TYPES
WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS
- 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.
Description of Englandfrom Holinshed’s Chronicles (.doc file)
Last Wyll and Testament(.pdf file; also available on MoEML with links to streets and sites)
A briefe and merry Prognostication, presaging good fortunes to a Set of fundamentall TRADESfrom 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.
- 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)
- The Counter’s Commonwealth describes its
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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Dekker, Thomas? The Owles almanacke prognosticating many strange accidents which shall happen to this kingdome of Great Britaine this yeere, 1618 : calculated as well for the meridian mirth of London, as any other part of Great Britaine : found in an Iuy-bush written in old characters / and now published in English by the painefull labours of Mr. Iocundary Merry-braines. London, 1618. EEBO. Reprint. Subscription.
- Fennor, William. The Counter’s Commonwealth. 1617. The Elizabethan Underworld. Ed. A.V. Judges. 1930. Reprint. New York: Octagon, 1965. 423–87.
- Harte, N.B., ed. The New Draperies in the Low Countries and England, 1300–1800. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1997.
- Hentschell, Roze. The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England: Textual Constructions of a National Identity. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.
- Holinshed, Raphael, William Harrison, and others. The first and second volumes of Chronicles comprising 1 The description and historie of England, 2 The description and historie of Ireland, 3 The description and historie of Scotland: first collected and published by Raphaell Holinshed, William Harrison, and others: now newlie augmented and continued (with manifold matters of singular note and worthie memorie) to the yeare 1586. by Iohn Hooker aliàs Vowell Gent and others. With conuenient tables at the end of these volumes. London, 1587. EEBO. Reprint. Subscription. STC 13569.
Jones, Ann Rosalind.
Maidservants of London: Sisterhoods of Kinship and Labor.Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: Women’s Alliances in Early Modern England. Ed. Susan Frye and Karen Robertson. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999. 21–32.
- Rappaport, Steve. Worlds Within Worlds: Structures of Life in Sixteenth-Century London. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1989.
TheEnglish Literary Renaissance 10.1 (1980): 76–94. Reprint.
Wyll and Testamentof Isabella Whitney.
The Manner of Her Will, and What She Left to London.Women Writers in Renaissance England. Ed. Randall Martin. London: Longman, 1997. 289–302.
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