Bartholomew Fair

Bartholomew Fair

by Ben Jonson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0719051509

ISBN-13: 9780719051500

Pub. Date: 02/24/2001

Publisher: Manchester University Press

"Bartholomew Fair is the climactic play of Ben Jonson's great comic period. Using the Fair as a symbolic representation of religious, social and political conflicts in Jacobean England, Jonson satirizes Puritans, fortune hunters, country bumpkins and inept representatives of the justice system, along with sharpsters and conmen who inhabit the Fair. Rich in…  See more details below

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"Bartholomew Fair is the climactic play of Ben Jonson's great comic period. Using the Fair as a symbolic representation of religious, social and political conflicts in Jacobean England, Jonson satirizes Puritans, fortune hunters, country bumpkins and inept representatives of the justice system, along with sharpsters and conmen who inhabit the Fair. Rich in unforgettable characters like Ursla the pig woman, Adam Overdo the disguised JP and Troubleall the wandering madman, Bartholomew Fair combines a celebration of festivity with an attack on the excesses of natural life. The play was produced simultaneously at Court and the Hope Theatre, site of bear-baiting, and through his and the puppet-show with which the play concludes, Jonson reflects on drama, actors, the theatre and his rivals Marlowe and Shakespeare." "Based on E. A. Horsman's original Revels Plays text this edition is the first to use the findings of feminist scholarship in examining the play's concern with forced marriage, pregnancy, sexual commerce and widowhood. Glosses and notes are intended for students and playgoers, clarifying the special languages and dialects Jonson employs to individualize the characters in this prose masterpiece."--BOOK JACKET.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719051500
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
02/24/2001
Series:
Revels Student Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
• The Play
• Glosses

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