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My research seeks new understandings of how early modern identities were established and maintained through food. Drama in the 16th and 17th centuries illustrates the perceived interplay between appetite and power in early modern England. I argue that representations of food in early modern plays demonstrate how appetite can destabilize the patterns of economic control and ownership, cause political dysfunction, and construct and reveal social archetypes.
As a public humanist and literary food historian, my areas of expertise include Shakespeare, early modern drama, cultural food studies, material culture studies, and literary pedagogy. I have witnessed how the history of the relationship between self, body, and food continues to be relevant to both academic and public audiences.
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