520 Class 7
Greene, Second Part
of Cony-Catching, section entitled
A Discourse, or Rather Discovery, of a Nip and the Foist(.pdf file)
- Dekker, selections from The Gull’s Hornbook (.pdf file)
- Peacham, The Art of Living in London (.pdf file)
A Straunge sighted Traveller(MoEML transcription).
Secondary Reading: Foucault,
Of Other Spaces.Read at JSTOR.
Other References: Woodbridge, Dionne and Mentz (an essay collection containing a number of essays about London and/or the cony-catching pamphlets). Note! These references are for information only. I may draw upon them in my discussion, but I do not expect you to read them for class.
- Foucault defines heterotopias as
counter sitesfrom mainstream sites of civic or social order, or, more specifically, in discussing heterotopias of deviation, he identifies these places as sites where
behaviour is deviant in relation to the required mean or norm.Considering that mainstream institutions such as St Paul’s, Westminster, or the Courts are places Greene lists where the deviant activity of cony-catching is rampant, do these sites qualify as heterotopias? Can they be both, or does it depend on the user? (CK)
- In his pamphlet on cony-catching, Greene describes the activities of
another world within London – the criminal underworld of nips and foists
who have a kind of fraternity or brotherhood amongst them(165). Where does this group fit into London’s communitas as described by Holinshed? Are they at the bottom because of their base activity or do they transcend the system entirely? (CK)
- Dekker’s London is of fashionable life, whereas Peacham’s London is
populous. Dekker teaches gallants how to fit in London’s everyday life;
Peacham kindly warns newcomers of the city’s vice. Peacham says that the
the most charitable place of the whole(250), and
poverty itself is no vice, but by accident(250). What is Dekker’s suggestion of a newcomer’s economic status? How is it different from Peacham’s attitude? (CZ)
- In Dekker, Peacham, and Rowlands’s writings, the three authors use distinct tones to address the newcomers. How different is the newcomers’ otherness in the three authors’ eyes? As Londoners, how do they face the newcomers’ otherness? (CZ)
- Dekker, Thomas. The Gull’s Horn-Book: Or, Fashions to Please All Sorts of Gulls. Thomas Dekker: The Wonderful Year, The Gull’s Horn-Book, Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish, English Villainies Discovered by Lantern and Candelight, and Selected Writings. Ed. E.D. Pendry. London: Edward Arnold, 1967. 64–109. The Stratford-upon-Avon Library 4.
- Dionne, Craig, and Steve Mentz, eds. Rogues and Early Modern English Culture. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2004.
Of Other Spaces.Translated. Jay Miskowiec. Diacritics 16.1 (1986): 22–27. JSTOR. Reprint. Subscription.
- Greene, Robert. The Second Part of Cony-Catching. 1591. The Elizabethan Underworld. Ed. A.V. Judges. 1930. Reprint. New York: Octagon, 1965. 149–78.
- Peacham, Henry. The Art of Living in London. 1642. The Complete Gentleman, The Truth of Our Times, and The Art of Living in London. Ed. Virgil B. Heltzel. Ithaca: Cornell UP for the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1962. 243–50.
- Rowlands, Samuel. Humors looking glasse. London, 1608. STC 21386. Reprint. EEBO. Web.
- Woodbridge, Linda. Vagrancy, Homelessness, and English Renaissance Literature. Urbana and Chicago: U of Illinois P, 2001.
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