This roundtable takes flight from Professor Richard McCoy’s distinguished and bountiful scholarship, exemplified by such work as Sir Philip Sidney: Rebellion in Arcadia (1979), The Rites of Knighthood: The Literature and Politics of Elizabethan Chivalry (1989), Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English Reformation (2002), and Faith in Shakespeare (2013), to reflect on early modern culture, history, and politics, and to consider the futures of early modern studies. What are the befores that gave rise to revolution, and how now do we study them? What forms and practices of belief emerged and transformed through this era, and how do we understand the conditions of their emergence as well as their impact in and to the modern? How do such questions and concerns give shape to future itineraries of early modern studies? How do drama, performance, and theatre key us into the presents, pasts, and futures of the early modern and its relationship to the thickness of the present? Miles Grier, Steven Kruger, Feisal Mohamed, Tanya Pollard, and Richard Santana are our featured roundtable panelists. Please join us as we think religion, reformation, and revolution, as part of our celebration of our soon retiring colleague, Richard McCoy!
A reception will follow, with ample opportunities to offer thanks and celebrate Rich!