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Shakespeare’s Hobby-Horse and Early Modern Popular Culture

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ISBN 9780367514150
August 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the ways in which the early modern hobby-horse featured in different productions of popular culture between 1580s-1630s. Natália Pikli approaches this study with a thorough and interdisciplinary examination of hobby-horse references, with commentary on the polysemous uses of the word, offers an informative background to reconsider well-known texts by Shakespeare and others, and provides an overview on the workings of cultural memory regarding popular culture in early modern England. The book will appeal to those with interest in early modern drama and theatre, dramaturgy, popular culture, cultural memory and iconography.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Note on Texts


Sogliardo and the challenge of hobby-horses

A palimpsest of meanings

Cultural memory and popular phenomena

CHAPTER 1. The hobby-horse and the early modern morris dance

Oral culture in transition

The complicated history of the morris and the hobby-horse

Madrigals, songs and images: synthesis and ‘living nostalgia’

CHAPTER 2. Living nostalgia and the cluster of allusions around 1600

Oral residue and poetic device: ‘For o for o the hobby-horse’s forgot’

Hobby-horses in the ‘war of the theatres’

CHAPTER 3. Gender, prejudice and popular dramatic medleys

Popular discourses as calling rhymes and social stigmas

Medley dramaturgy and Blurt Master Constable

Fairy queens and cozening queans in The Valiant Welshman

The Two Noble Kinsmen and the madwoman in the morris

CHAPTER 4. The hobby-horse in university plays and on politicized public stages

Corrupting Fantasy at the university: Ignoramus and Technogamia

The Winter’s Tale and Bartholomew Fair: from criticism to scepticism

Politicized hobby-horses and morris dances: Women Pleased and The Witch of Edmonton

CHAPTER 5. Hobby-horses in cheap print and iconography (1610s-1635)

Hobby-horses and emblematic thinking

John Taylor: the sculler and the hobby-horse

George Wither and versified hobby-horses

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Natália Pikli is Associate Professor at the Department of English Studies, School of English and American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and was Guest Lecturer at the Hungarian University of Theatre and Film Arts.