Discussing: T is for Tarlton (Early Modern Celebrity)
A Discussion on Early Modern Celebrity, primarily focusing on Richard Tarlton.
This episode is a discussion with Sophie Shorland about Early Modern Celebrity - specifically looking at Sir Philip Sidney, Moll Cutpurse and - mostly - Richard Tarlton. We look at stories of his life, the myths and half truths, and are introduced to his animal avatar.
With recordings of our workshops on Tarlton's Jests - with Leigh MacDonald, Mark Scanlon and Hugh Weller-Poley. We spend much time going over the story of Bankes his horse - of which there is much more to be said in the future.
Sophie is an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. She is currently working on celebrity culture in the late Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, exploring what celebrity looked like before the newspaper. She has published in Renaissance Studies, Early Modern Literary Studies, and is currently editing a special issue of the journal Exchanges on metaphorical and literal cannibalisms. Her other research interests include the performance of premodern power, domestic tragedy, and early modern women’s writing.
If you'd like to have a look at Tarlton's Jests, there is an incomplete edition here - we're hunting for more. https://archive.org/details/tarltonsjestsan00chetgoog/page/n6
NB: Be warned there is some discussion of cock fighting and bear baiting towards the end of the episode.
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