Becoming Criminal: Transversal Performance and Cultural Dissidence in Early Modern England by Bryan Reynolds
English | Feb. 20, 2002 | ISBN: 0801868084 | 235 Pages | PDF | 12 MB
In this book Bryan Reynolds argues that early modern England experienced a sociocultural phenomenon, unprecedented in English history, which has been largely overlooked by historians and critics. Beginning in the 1520s, a distinct "criminal culture" of beggars, vagabonds, confidence tricksters, prostitutes, and gypsies emerged and flourished. This community defined itself through its criminal conduct and dissident thought and was, in turn,officially defined by and against the dominant conceptions of English cultural normality.