Stereotypes and stereotyping in early modern England

Puritans, papists and projectors

Edited by Koji Yamamoto

Stereotypes and stereotyping in early modern England


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1913-1
  • Pages: 344
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: September 2022
  • BIC Category: 17th century, c 1600 to c 1699, European history, Social & cultural history, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Stuart Era (1603-1714), HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Social, Group Or Collective Psychology, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, History, Early Modern History, History of religion, England
  • Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain


Early modern stereotypes used to be studied as evidence of popular belief, something mired with prejudices and commonly held assumptions. Stereotypes and stereotyping in early modern England goes beyond this view by exploring practices of stereotyping as contested processes. To do so, the volume draws on recent works on social psychology and sociology. It thereby brings together early modern case studies and explores how stereotypes and their mobilisation shaped various negotiations of power, in spheres of life such as politics, religion, economy and knowledge production.


Introduction: rethinking early modern stereotyping in the twenty-first century - Koji Yamamoto and Peter Lake
1 Religious and national stereotyping and prejudice in seventeenth-century England - Tim Harris
2 On thinking (historically) with stereotypes, or the puritan origins of anti-puritanism - Peter Lake
3 History plays, Catholic polemics and the staging of political economy in Elizabethan England - Koji Yamamoto
4 Alchemists, puritans and projectors in the plays of Ben Jonson - Peter Lake and Koji Yamamoto
5 Ranter and Quaker stereotyping in the English Revolution - Kate Peters
6 Fighting popery with popery: subverting stereotypes and contesting anti-Catholicism in late seventeenth-century England - Adam Morton
7 'We do naturally . hate the French': Francophobia and Francophilia in Samuel Pepys's Diary - David Magliocco
8 'Sin and sea coal': smoke as urban life in early modern London - William Cavert
9 Laboratories of subjectification: characters and stereotypes in late Stuart and Georgian theatre - Bridget Orr
10 From Reformation to Enlightenment in post-civil war orientalism - William J. Bulman
Coda: the dialectics of stereotyping - past and present - Sandra Jovchelovitch, Koji Yamamoto and Peter Lake


Koji Yamamoto is an Associate Professor of Business History at the University of Tokyo

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