"Weele pay for that we take": Regendering consumption in Tis Merry When Gossips Meete

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Samuel Rowlands's Tis Merry When Gossips Meete has typically been interpreted as a satire that mocks and critiques female overconsumption with its lively depiction of three women who meet in a tavern to eat, drink, and talk. Critics often assume that the pamphlet was intended to appeal to a male readership, and the first edition of 1602 does, to some extent, support such a conclusion. But Tis Merry was published eight times between 1602 and 1675, and both the main text and the paratext saw multiple revisions. Sara D. Luttfring argues that these revisions, as well as scenes of female consumption that remained unchanged, work to depict women's sexual, economic, and cultural consumption in a more positive light. In fact, many of the revisions suggest that later publishers repositioned the pamphlet to appeal to female reader-consumers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-155
Number of pages23
JournalHuntington Library Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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