At play in the early modern tavern

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Macadam Building

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At play in the early modern tavern 

The early modern tavern was a place for play. Card games, play performances, conjuring, and gambling were common, alongside more unusual events such as transvestite births, mumming, and masking. Inns and taverns were venues for plays, opportunities for making a quick profit at the expense of the foolish, and for playing with identity and even sexuality. They were hybrid places, halfway between the public space and the domestic interior. They were not, however, ‘private’ places in the modern sense of the term, and anyone who treated them as such would soon be disabused.

In this event, we invite you to a recreation of an early modern tavern, with an emphasis on its songs, performances, and gambling games. In a series of short talks and performances, we will explore the games, songs, and plays that early modern drinkers may have experienced in the tavern. Singers from King’s Music Department and readers from English and History will perform the ballads and plays of the early modern tavern, and early modern playing cards will be provided for some period card games.

 

EMILY BUTTERWORTH is Senior Lecturer in French. Her research focuses on scandal, slander, and other forms of deviant and excessive speech in the early modern period.

LAURA GOWING is Professor of Early Modern British History. Her research focuses on the history of sex, gender, language, and the body in the early modern period.

GABRIELLA INFANTE is a PhD student. Her research explores textuality and performativity in English Restoration drama.

LUCY MUNRO is Reader in Early Modern English Literature. Her research interests include early modern drama and archaism in early modern English literary culture.


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