Hat honour

Man donning hat by Jacques Callot, 1625I sometimes wish I could beam myself over to the UK for one-day events such as this one: on 21 June the Early Modern Research Centre at Reading University hosts a seminar by Arnold Hunt on the subject of:

“Hat Honour in Early Modern England”

With an honourable tip of the hat to Renaissance Lit.


4 thoughts on “Hat honour

  1. Hi — I’m a regular reader of this blog, and it was a pleasant surprise to find myself mentioned by name. The ‘hat honour’ piece is still work-in-progress, but I’d be happy to make copies available, after 21 June, to anyone who’d like to read it. It’s part of a larger project on gesture and religion in early modern England, and I’m very keen to establish contact with other people working in this area.

  2. Well, I am honoured to welcome you to the comment section! I would love to have a copy of your paper after you have read it in Reading (no pun intended), thank you for the generous offer.

    I do not work in your area, but more general notions of honour are of importance to my research into representations of gender and revenge in early modern drama. Are you familiar with Jennifer Low’s Manhood and the Duel? It has a chapter on “The Art of Fence and the Sense of Masculine Space” concerned with spatiality and honour that might perhaps chime in with hat honour, at least where ideas of politeness are concerned. And I could point you to Blogging the Renaissance, where Hieronimo wrote an interesting piece on religious hatwear. That’s my penny’s worth… I look forward to reading your paper!

  3. Sounds fantastic! As far as work in your field is concerned, the first name that comes to mind is Will Fisher (Lehman College, CUNY). His research on non-genital markers of gender identity (including hair, beards, handkerchiefs, and codpieces) is soon to be published by Cambridge UP as Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture. Two of the chapters have been published as articles in Shakespeare Studies and Renaissance Quarterly. I’m sure he’d be interested in expanding his list to hats!

    Garthine Walker (Cardiff) also discusses (in passing) the relationship between masculine authority and hats and other garments as part of her chapter on “Men non-lethal violence” in Crime, Gender and Social Order in Early Modern England (Cambridge UP, 2003).

    My own research is on discourses of bodily difference in early modern English drama, focusing on characters in liminal/boundary states (e.g. the werewolf in The Duchess of Malfi on the human/animal boundary), so the only hats I’ve come across really are those the Jews were forced to wear. Nonetheless I look forward to reading your paper, since the idea of ‘hat honour’ sounds like lots of fun! : )

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