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EMERG: Fake News

07 December 2017, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Lamenting Lady Kindbett

Early Modern English Reading Group [EMERG] - seminar 3

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Institute of Advanced Studies
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United Kingdom

In the final meeting of the Early Modern English Reading Group this term Dana Kovarik and Emma Whipday have curated a selection of early modern texts around the theme of 'Fake News'. 

Indeed, in what might be another blow to his ego, Donald Trump did not invent the concept of ‘fake news’—he was as strikingly unoriginal here as he is in most other subjects.  The early modern period was rife with salacious fiction dressed up as ‘news’ and recounted through broadsheet ballads, pamphlets and other ephemera, and of course through the drama.  Amongst the selection of extracts and images (attached to this email) are some such examples – for instance, the ballad of The Lamenting Lady (which will be set to a tune), extracts from The Winter’s Tale and Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News, as well as an extract from one of Robert Greene’s scintillating rogue pamphlets, The Second Part of Coney-Catching.  

As always, do feel welcome to bring your own texts and images to share with the group!

If you have any questions, please just email either luke.prendergast.16@ucl.ac.uk or harvey.wiltshire.15@ucl.ac.uk