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 University of Melbourne Author 

Title Fama and her sisters : gossip and rumour in early modern Europe / edited by Heather Kerr and Claire Walker.

Published Turnhout, Belgium Brepols Publishers, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  302.240903 FAMA    AVAILABLE
Physical description vi, 240 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Early European research ; volume 7
Early European research ; v.7
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : New perspectives on "fama" / Claire Walker and Heather Kerr -- Whispering fama : talk and reputation in early modern Europe / Claire Walker -- Telling tales : negotiating "fame" in Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Christopher Marlowe's Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage / Lucy Potter -- Witchcraft and rumour in Renaissance Venice / Elizabeth Horodowich -- Rumour and reputation in the early modern English family / Amanda Capern -- Face-to-face with the "Flanders Mare" : the malfunction of Hans Holbein the Younger's portrait of Anne of Cleves / Lisa Mansfield -- Poison, pregnancy and protestants : gossip and scandal at the early modern French court / Una McIlvenna -- The Queen of Bohemia's daughter : managing rumour and reputation in a seventeenth-century dynasty / Susan Broomhall and Jacqueline Van Gent -- Gossip, intimacy and the early modern Scottish household / Katie Barclay -- The pleasures and perils of gossip : sociability, scandal and plebeian poetry in the Long Eighteenth Century / Peter Denney.
Summary The essays in this collection demonstrate how Fama and her sisters, gossip and rumour, were central in private and public discourses about state and society in early modern Europe. In an era when oral, scribal, visual, and print cultures competed to satisfy a growing public demand for 'news', gossip and rumour informed people about the actions and morals of their social and political elites, and they commonly enabled people who did not usually participate in politics to engage with the public discourses about religion, governance, and society which shaped their lives and the state. So while gossip and rumour might be scurrilous and entertaining, they nonetheless performed a vital political function, regulating communal and political behaviour in the upper social echelons, as well as in neighbourhoods lower down the social scale where they might constitute a form of popular justice. This timely interdisciplinary study explores how gossip and rumour functioned dualistically at all levels of the early modern state and society either to advance or to defame reputations, and thereby shape public opinion.
Other author Kerr, Heather, 1957-, editor.
Walker, Claire, 1965-, editor.
Subject Gossip -- Europe -- History -- 16th century.
Gossip -- Europe -- History -- 17th century.
Gossip -- Europe -- History -- 18th century.
Rumor -- Europe -- History -- 16th century.
Rumor -- Europe -- History -- 17th century.
Rumor -- Europe -- History -- 18th century.
Gossip in literature.
Rumor in literature.
ISBN 2503541844