Ellen MacKay lunch workshop RSVP


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The English department will be sponsoring a workshop luncheon with Prof. Ellen MacKay when she comes to visit on Wednesday, May 25, 12-2 PM. We will be discussing Thomas Dekker’s famous satirical tract The Gull’s Hornbook (1609), essential reading for anyone interested in theater history and/or representations of London. Because the text has been used so widely as evidence of early modern English theatrical customs and city living, it’s also a great text through which to think more broadly about the status of evidence in historical and literary studies. If you would like to have lunch with us (catered by Chickpeas), please RSVP by Sunday May 22 at this link: http://goo.gl/forms/TYqtQWuMny

Attached you’ll find the EEBO version and a transcribed version of The Gull’s Hornbook. Ellen recommends reading the whole book (which isn’t that long), but if you are short for time, just focus on chapters 3 (Paul’s Walk), 6 (Playhouse), and 8 (City).


Ellen MacKay is associate professor of English and Director of Indiana University’s Institute for the Digital Arts and Humanities. She is author of Persecution, Plague and Fire: Fugitive Histories of the Stage in Early Modern England (Chicago, 2011), and editor and general director of the Folger-Luminary iPad app of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is working on 3 book projects: one on crypto-ecological figures of the early modern English theatre audience and the reimagining of sovereignty, one titled On Sea Spectacles from Nero to Google Glass, which is a critical history of vicariousness, and one on Shakespearean realia and the invention of the sense of heritage. She is a member of the inaugural iteration of Early Modern Digital Agendas and and head scholar of the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare NEH Institute, which will convene again in June and July of 2016.

Gina Bloom
Associate Professor of English, Univ. of California, Davis [website]
Project Director, Play the Knave, a video game about Shakespeare performance

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Dekker The guls horne booke.docx