Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The title for the project, Eloquence in Talke and Vertue in Deedes, comes from educational theorist William Kempe’s claim that the early modern humanist educational system was guaranteed to produce eloquence and virtue. It is, however, my argument that the educational failed in its promises. This project seeks to dissect the educational practices of the early modern period and reanimate the pieces to show how these practices were regularly critiqued on the early modern stage. More than showing the influence of the educational system in the production of drama, I point out that these practices are re-represented as rebuttals of the educational system. As such, Eloquence in Talke, and Vertue in Deedes is a series of essays united by the theme of discontentment with an educational system that failed to meet its promises.
Webb, Mary Alison, "Eloquence in Talke and Vertue in Deedes: Education and Discontent in Early Modern England" (2021). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 5569.