Research Programs: Summer Stipends

Period of Performance

6/1/2005 - 8/31/2005

Funding Totals

$5,000.00 (approved)
$5,000.00 (awarded)

Pretty Creatures: Children and the Agency of Fiction in the English Renaissance

FAIN: FT-53721-05

Michael Lawrence Witmore
Folger Shakespeare Library admin by Trustees of Amherst College (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3815)

My book project seeks to demonstrate that, during the English Renaissance, children became a vivid emblem for the power of poetic fiction, illustrating both its ability to sever the imagination from reason and the mimetic process whereby products of the imagination took on a life of their own. The NEH summer stipend will allow me to complete research for the final chapter of the book, which deals with English witchcraft trials in which children were either decisive witnesses to diabolism or its most convincing victims. This work will contribute not only to our grasp of the role of children in English culture, but to our understanding of how a society which viewed imaginative absorption with suspicion came to grips with its dangers in a very public way.

Associated Products

Pretty Creatures: Children and Fiction in the English Renaissance (Book)
Title: Pretty Creatures: Children and Fiction in the English Renaissance
Author: Witmore, Michael Lawrence
Year: 2007
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Publisher: Ithaca: Cornell University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780801443992