‘’Tis a mad world at Hogsdon’: Leisure, Licence and the Exoticism of Suburban Space in Early Jacobean London.

Howell, Peter (2013) ‘’Tis a mad world at Hogsdon’: Leisure, Licence and the Exoticism of Suburban Space in Early Jacobean London. The Literary London Journal, 10 (2). ISSN 1744-0807

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Abstract

This article is an examination of the long poem 'Pimlyco, Run Red Cap or, 'tis a Mad World at Hogsdon [Hoxton], published as an anonymous pamphlet in 1609. Written apparently in praise of the tavern of Pimlyco and its famous ale, this 'medley poem' describes the Carnival spirit of this suburban resort, analysed in this article as a heterotopic adjunct to early modern London. It is argued that this text construes the suburbs within the discourses of urban pastoral, carnival, the theatre and madness, and that there is ample evidence to suggest that 'Pimlyco' is a minor but still significant source of Shakespeare's play The Tempest.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 800 Literature & rhetoric > 821 English poetry
800 Literature & rhetoric > 822 English drama
900 History & geography > 910 Geography & travel
900 History & geography > 942 History of Great Britain
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Peter Howell
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 12:49
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 12:49
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474

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