Jane Wanninger (Vanderbilt University): “‘Riddling Shrift’: Interrogating Confession in Romeo and Juliet and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore”
Tuesday 20th May, 3pm.
Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, 18 University Square, Common Room
This talk explores the dramatic figuration of the friar character in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and John Ford’s “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” to explore the dynamics of narrative power associated with the symbolic ritual of confession on the renaissance stage. The paper probes the complex relationship between agency and audition that emerges in the roles the friars play in their respective plots. It argues that early modern theatrical representations of this office, in pressing the flexibility and permeability of the figured subjective boundaries of confession, tend to probe its limits as a social and spiritual ritual and reveal the fissures in its underlying logic.
Jane Wanninger received her Ph.D. in English literature from Vanderbilt University in 2012, and she is currently at Vanderbilt in a post-doctoral position as a lecturer and academic adviser.