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'Who is my neighbour?': Stories of alms-seeking in early modern England

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‘Who is my neighbour?’ is a question with ethical, social and political valency to which stories of caritas found in the archives, literature and drama of early-modern England respond. In this talk I will explore the church and play-house as spaces in which the affective qualities of neighbourliness and charity might be imaginatively experienced and evaluated, and the identities of alms-seeker and alms-giver mutually constituted through the rhetoric and performance.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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