How should new studies of early modern culture approach the performance of social and literary identity? This workshop explores such questions through the career of John Taylor the Water Poet, an ambitious self-promoter who embraced public spectacle as a strategy for marketing his writing. Taylor’s prolific work offers a rich case for reexamining identity through the methods of material culture, urban history, race and colonization, class and labor, ecology, and more. We invite scholars from all disciplines to consider what Taylor might teach us about performing the self in the past and in our research today. Taking a cue from the Water Poet’s own practice, the workshop will conclude with a participatory “spectacle” of public scholarship.
Learn more about the instructors, Megan Heffernan and Rebecca L. Fall.
This workshop is free and open to all, but space is limited. To submit an application, click below. The application deadline is Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 11:59 pm Central Time.
Priority will be given to applicants from CRS Consortium Institutions. Consortium members may also be eligible to receive Consortium travel grants to help defray travel costs. For more details, consult your local consortium representative.