What interests you about the early modern period? Do you have a favorite text/historical figure/concept/area of study or whatever? (Multiple answers are of course allowed, nay, encouraged.)
I think being able to look at the political/economic/social debates of the time and see how they mirror so many of those taking place in contemporary society is incredibly fascinating. Besides that, it's GREAT writing! I am madly obsessed with More's 'Utopia,' and am also a big fan of 'The Faerie Queene' and 'Robinson Crusoe.' I also LOVE travel narratives in the vein of Mandeville, etc. Currently, I'm writing about depictions of developing capitalism in 'Utopia' as well as about the discursive construction of identity through naming in Early Modern travel narratives. I'm hoping to do PhD work on the role of Early Modern poetry in drumming up support for European capitalist-imperialism.
How do you feel about the whole Renaissance vs. early modern nomenclature debate?
I feel FAR more passionate about this than I think I should. But I'm a strict "Early Modern" person. Don't ask me why; I'm not sure.
We all know nobody really wants to live in a time before sanitation, antibiotics, central air conditioning/heating, indoor plumbing, and so forth. So if you could visit any time/place in the early modern period, what would it be, and why?
Elizabethan England would be fun to visit. (Unless I can answer "Utopia.")
Have you read The Faerie Queene? Be honest. ;)
Yep. Big fan!