The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum 2022-2023 will be hosted as a hybrid event, with our speakers presenting in person at University of Toronto. Our goal is to encourage early modern scholars to return to meeting in person, socialize, network, and become part of the early modern community in the Greater Toronto Area. Coffee and light snacks will be provided for all EMIGF events this year. For those who cannot attend in person, we will also make the event accessible on Zoom.
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Gašper Jakovac, PhD.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of History (U of T) and Department of English (UCL)
Charity in the English Catholic Community
This paper will open a series of questions about charity, almsgiving, and the role of purgatory in the Catholic community of early seventeenth-century England. It will do so by looking at two quite distinct texts: Robert Owen’s manuscript play The History of Purgatory (c. 1625-30) and Jane Owen’s tract An Antidote to Purgatory (publ. 1634). While the former seems to advocate a more traditional form of indiscriminate charity, the latter’s position is more restrictive when advising Catholics on how to distribute their alms. I am interested in what these texts can tell us about existing debates and diverging views on charity (and purgatory) among English Catholics, and about the social pressures the community was facing at the time. How do Robert and Jane Owen’s notions of charity relate to their understanding of purgatory? How (if at all) did shifts in Catholic charitable practice correspond to the intensity of persecution, financial restraints, and integration of Catholics in Protestant society?
PhD Candidate, Centre for Comparative Literature,
University of Toronto
Children of Adario: Proto-ethnography, Utopia, and Indigenous Americans in Eighteenth-century European Satire.
In the eighteenth century, a period of rapid Euro-colonial expansion, characters belonging to indigenous nations of the northeastern woodlands of America often played a satirical role in prose fiction and drama by reacting to European customs with confusion and disdain. Although this period also witnessed the early development of the modern science of ethnography, the native societies of satirical Amerindigenous characters tend to feature many characteristics of literary utopias. This talk will consider different permutations of such characters over the course of the eighteenth-century, especially with regard to their relationship to contemporary authoritative texts about Amerindigenous peoples, utopian fiction, and the use of alterity for satirical critique.