This book explores the ways in which the early modern hobby-horse featured in different productions of popular culture between the 1580s and 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; Acknowledgements; Note on texts; Introduction; 1. The hobby-horse and the early modern morris dance; 2. Living nostalgia and the cluster of allusions around 1600; 3. Gender, prejudice, and popular dramatic medleys; 4. The hobby-horse in university plays and on politicized public stages; 5. Hobby-horses in cheap print and iconography (1610s–1635); Appendix; Index
Natália Pikli is an 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.