Graduation Year

2014

Location

Room E101, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

12-4-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

12-4-2014 11:00 AM

Description

Renaissance England was marked by change. From the late 15th century through the early 17th century, the social atmosphere in England was thrown out of order. The rise of the middle class gave people money who weren’t supposed to have money. This deteriorated the established hierarchies of the time, blurring the lines between classes. Critics of John Webster’s The White Devil (1612) have yet to address these issues in conjunction with the homoerotic tones throughout the play. Webster is using sodomy as a trope to illuminate how mobility in service is a destructive, chaotic force. By exploring these concepts together, readers can gain a better understanding of the play’s portrayal of these social anxieties and their meanings.

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Apr 12th, 10:00 AM Apr 12th, 11:00 AM

Movin' on up: Sodomy in Service in The White Devil

Room E101, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Renaissance England was marked by change. From the late 15th century through the early 17th century, the social atmosphere in England was thrown out of order. The rise of the middle class gave people money who weren’t supposed to have money. This deteriorated the established hierarchies of the time, blurring the lines between classes. Critics of John Webster’s The White Devil (1612) have yet to address these issues in conjunction with the homoerotic tones throughout the play. Webster is using sodomy as a trope to illuminate how mobility in service is a destructive, chaotic force. By exploring these concepts together, readers can gain a better understanding of the play’s portrayal of these social anxieties and their meanings.