#SorryNotSorry: Unapologetic Performance of “Nasty” Mary Carleton in Life and Fiction

정유미 /Youmi Jung

2018, vol.28, no.2, pp. 289-303

Arguably the most unusual and interesting thing about the early modern celebrity figure Mary Carleton—AKA the German Princess, a notorious criminal of the 1650s, who was charged with bigamy, fraud, and stealing—is her ability to remain utterly unapologetic throughout her life. This paper focuses on Mary Carleton’s unapologetic attitude in her autobiographical account published in 1663 immediately after her very public bigamy trial, and in The Memoires of Mary Carleton published in 1673 right after her death by an anonymous author. With careful examination of Mary Carleton’s celebrity life that were lived, imagined, and performed as representations, this paper explores the significance of her unapologetic attitude as performed and authored in the account she supposedly wrote and as portrayed in the public imagination. Carleton’s “nasty” celebrity performance posits the criminal and impostor Mary Carleton as a skeptical reader of prevailing forms of control.