Florists and feasts: a critical digital edition of Ralph Knevet's Rhodon and Iris

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dc.contributor.author Howard, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-09T04:45:00Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2020-09-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12115
dc.description.abstract One spring afternoon in 1631, the Norwich Society of Florists held a feast to celebrate and display its exquisite flowers. The celebration included an entertainment written just for the occasion—Ralph Knevet's quirky play about a war among flowers. Early modern florists were not the sort of people who sold cut flowers in shops; rather, they were experts in floriculture who applied this knowledge to cultivate new flowers. Norwich was already renowned for its gardens, but flowers soon became even more significant. Rhodon and Iris was performed just before tulipomania, a frenzy of tulip cultivation lasting from c.1634 – 1637. During this period, florists grew elaborate multi-coloured flower bulbs that sold for extremely high prices. In other words, the florists' feast and Knevet's play emerged when flowers were important to the economy and identity of Norwich. My thesis presents an open-access, digital critical edition of Rhodon and Iris encoded in TEI-P5. This edition offers an old-spelling transcription of the 1631 playbook, a modernized text with annotations, and a critical introduction. Responding to the need for more editions of non-canonical early modern plays, my research widens the otherwise Shakespeare-centric canon and helps make more early modern drama accessible to student readers. Rhodon and Iris also merits critical attention on its own grounds: an example of Caroline occasional drama, the play experiments with convention and offers a rare glimpse into the Society of Florists. My thesis approaches the play with special interest in editorial praxis, ecotheory, and the history of floriculture. The florists' feast delighted audiences and participated in a tradition of floral celebrations—one reaching, at least, from the ancient Roman ludi Florales to the modern Netflix series The Big Flower Fight. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject early modern en_US
dc.subject ecocriticism en_US
dc.subject Ralph Knevet en_US
dc.subject digital editing en_US
dc.subject critical edition en_US
dc.subject editorial theory en_US
dc.subject XML en_US
dc.subject TEI en_US
dc.subject scholarly edition en_US
dc.subject genre theory en_US
dc.subject Rhodon and Iris en_US
dc.subject floristry en_US
dc.subject flowers en_US
dc.subject seventeenth-century en_US
dc.subject 1631 en_US
dc.subject renaissance en_US
dc.subject amateur drama en_US
dc.subject occasional drama en_US
dc.subject Norwich en_US
dc.subject amateur playwrights en_US
dc.title Florists and feasts: a critical digital edition of Ralph Knevet's Rhodon and Iris en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Kelly, Erin Evelyn
dc.contributor.supervisor Jenstad, Janelle Auriol
dc.degree.department Department of English en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2022-06-26

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