Commensality, sociability, and the roaring girl

Kok, Su Mei (2021) Commensality, sociability, and the roaring girl. Studies in Philology, 119 (2). pp. 347-369. ISSN 0039-3738,

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This article examines the spaces of commensality represented in Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker’s The Roaring Girl. It discusses the expansion of the public dining scene in early modern London and nature of different establishments such as taverns, ordinaries, and alehouses. It highlights the impact of these spaces on patterns of sociability and on the construction of social identity, as well as the frequent association of victualling houses and playhouses within the cultural geography of the time. Whereas discussion of the play’s attitude toward the social upheaval of Jacobean society has frequently focused on Moll’s transvestism and the intersection of gender and class hierarchies, I show how the play’s portrayal of public dining both upholds and upends the traditional organization of society. This, in turn, celebrates the opportunities for sociability and self-fashioning at the Fortune playhouse, where The Roaring Girl was staged. © 2022 Studies in Philology, Incorporated.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shakespeare; English literature
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 06:04
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2023 03:29

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