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Spectatorship in Early Modern England Project

Spectatorship in Early Modern England: Interpreting English Culture, 1500-1780. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019. Order at MQUP.

Ron Huebert and David McNeil began their collaborative project on spectatorship in 2011. While Professor Huebert has published on the subjects of privacy in seventeenth century drama and literature, David McNeil has worked on popular prints and the grotesque in eighteenth century culture. Both have taught several seminars in the graduate program at Dalhousie and supervised a number of students. The material covered in ENGL 5276 has been carefully selected to represent a broad range of literary and pictorial topics. Professors Huebert and McNeil are looking forward to this team-teaching venture and plan to be equally involved in all aspects of the seminar. You can learn more about their specific publications and teaching by consulting the panels to the right.

Ron Huebert

Ronald Huebert’s recent research initiatives include  the completion of a book, Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare, under contract by the University of Toronto Press. This book will require its readers to rethink the division between public and private in early modern culture. It will offer interpretations of some of the most canonical texts in the English language (such as Hamlet, for example), of some obscure and largely forgotten authors (such as Sir Henry Slingsby), and of a wide range of materials between these extremes.

Huebert’s current research  (a collaborative project with David McNeil) focuses on the question of spectatorship. This initiative has led already to a number of conference presentations, a jointly taught graduate seminar, and published articles by both collaborators.

For more information on Huebert's research interests, and publications please visit his Dalhousie faculty page, or his personal web page.


David McNeil

David McNeil is currently working on a new bilingual edition of the Memoirs of the Chevalier Johnstone, a Jacobite who escaped the defeat at Culloden and ended up with the French army in Canada. This project, part of his work with Ron Huebert on Spectatorship in the early modern period, has taken him to two of his favorite places—Paris and the Highlands. When he isn’t researching the Chevalier, he is most likely developing online resources for his classes. Sport Literature and Culture: Hockey (Engl. 2060.03)  is available online.

For more information on McNeil's research interests, and publications please visit his Dalhousie faculty page, or his personal web page.


Congress 2013 Panels

Last year Huebert organized two sessions on spectatorship at the meetings of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies at the University of Victoria (Congress 2013).These included papers by Heather Kirk (“Pouvoir du parterre au premier XVIIe siècle économie et esthetique au theatre français”), Elizabeth Popham (“A More Continuall Shew of our Love and Obedience: Spectatorship as Testimony in the Norwich Entertainment of 1578”), Ian McAdam(“Spectatorship and Politico-Religious Repression in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night”), John Lepage (“ A Case Study on Theatrical Device and Visual Arts: Democritus and Heraclitus”), Kala Hirtle (“The Inward Drive for Self-Knowledge in Literary Essential Anatomies”), and Rick Bowers (“Sidney Visualized: Thomas Lant’s Sequitur celebritus (1588) and the Funeral Construction of an English National Hero”). Taken together, these papers will go a long way towards realizing the goal of a collection of essays on the question of early modern spectatorship that Huebert and McNeil are hoping to create.           

Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS) 2014 Panel

David McNeil has organized a session on spectatorship for the fall 2014 meeting of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Montreal. The session includes papers by Jessica Hamel-Akre (“Spectacles of Hunger and Hysteria: Pathologizing Desire in Cases of Female Fasting in the Late Eighteenth Century”), Allison Muri (“Public Spectacle and Urban Topography: Visualizing Hogarth’s London”), Benjamin Neudorf (“The Satirical Topography of Ned Ward's The London Spy”),Guy Spielmann (“Spectatorship in the Early Modern Theatre”). This session, along with the ones at the 2013 Congress (see above), are part of the process towards publishing a collection of essays on early modern spectatorship.

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