The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of current research on popular culture in the early modern era. For the first time a detailed yet wide-ranging consideration of the breadth and scope of early modern popular culture in England is collected in one volume, highlighting the interplay of 'low' and 'high' modes of cultural production (while also questioning the validity of such terminology). The authors examine how popular culture impacted upon people's everyday lives during the period, helping to define how individuals and groups experienced the world. Issues as disparate as popular reading cultures, games, food and drink, time, textiles, religious belief and superstition, and the function of festivals and rituals are discussed. This research companion will be an essential resource for scholars and students of early modern history and culture.
’This broad-ranging and ambitious volume provides us with an extraordinary window onto the vibrant world of everyday experience in early modern England. The essays collected here offer a vivid introduction to the laughter and shouting, dancing and singing, gossip and gambling, eating and drinking that alleviated the harsh realities of work, life and death, and to the imaginative work of discovery and interpretation that has so distinguished this field in the last two generations.’ Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews, UK
’This is the perfect companion for students and scholars interested in the popular culture of early modern England. It is brilliantly imagined and usefully organized, and has brought together work by some of the most influential scholars in the field, as well as by some of the brightest young researchers redefining it as it moves forward.’ David Scott Kastan, Yale University, USA
’The book boasts an impressive list of contributors, and is written to be easily understood by both and expert audiences. It can be read through in its entirety as a textbook … Ample footnotes and bibliographies for additional reading are provided. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.’ Choice