112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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English Literature and Culture (to 1700) I: Mythology, Superstition, and Stigma in Early Modern England

Session Chair: 
Amanda Weldy Boyd, Hope International University
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 5


  1. Devin Toohey, University of Southern California
    This paper examines how Titus Andronicus rejects the traditional didactic purposes ascribed to poetry by early modern critics by showing tyrants to be incapable of pity. It proceeds to turn the language of love poetry to imagine a new purpose for tragedy – empathy among the low.
  2. Kendyl Palmer, Cypress College
    The Amazon woman is a metonym, a symbol used by pre-1700 Europeans to displace their fears, hopes and anxieties towards the New World. Increasingly, this particular figuring of the Amazon makes appearances on the stages of early modern Europe, where we find a connection between the supposed vicious Amazon encountered in the New World during the Age of Discovery, and one who is simultaneously more malleable and strange in the fantasy realm of drama on the early modern stage. 
  3. Tom Schneider, California Baptist University
    The agential role of the fairies as characters has been undervalued in previous, influential readings of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Attention to Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale as a source-text and the historical context of fairy-belief help us to refine our understanding of the supernatural elements of the play, as well as our appreciation for Shakespeare’s work.
Session Cancelled: