Working Project: Corpse Humor

The Company of Undertakers (Hogarth, 1736)I’m currently working on an essay about the way that popular drama addresses the material practices of death in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, entitled “Corpse Humor: Funereal Practices in Early 18th Century Popular Performance.” A (very drafty) draft is available online for comment and feedback.  I anticipate cutting some sections and foregrounding other moments to draw out the argument–and I need to do some more research, too, but any comments at this stage are appreciated!

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