Ben Jonson: A Sourcebook

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Next to Shakespeare, Ben Jonson is perhaps the most widely studied Renaissance dramatist. Very few students of literature or drama would not encounter Volpone or Bartholomew Fair in the course of their studies, and there has been a recent resurgence of interest in Epicoene, or the Silent Women among gender theorists. As part of the Complete Critical Guide series, this volume offers the broadest range of information on Jonson and his works, from background on contexts to details of recent interpretations of his plays. A must for students of the Renaissance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415222280
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Routledge Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
Abbreviations and referencing
Introduction 1
Pt. I Life and Contexts 3
a Introduction 5
b Jonson's cities 5
c Humanism and education 8
d 1572-1597 10
e Theatre, commerce and the law 12
f 1597-1601 16
g Religion, government and rebellion 18
h Friends, patrons and rivals: 1601-1606 23
i Towards laureateship: 1606-1616 28
j A Jacobean summer: 1616-1625 31
k Returning to the stage: 1625-1637 33
Pt. II Work 37
a Introduction 39
b Works 39
c Loose ends and false starts: The Case is Altered and Every Man in His Humour 42
d Theatres of judgement: Every Man Out of His Humour, Cynthia's Revels, Poetaster 48
e Words as deeds: Sejanus and Catiline 57
f Objects of desire: Eastward Ho! Volpone and Epicene 66
g Unreal city: The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair 79
h The shock of the new: The Devil is an Ass and The Staple of News 89
i Last plays: The New Inn, The Magnetic Lady and A Tale of a Tub 93
j The next deed: non-dramatic verse and prose 100
k Present occasions: Jonson's masques 115
Pt. III Criticism 123
a Introduction 125
b On not being Shakespeare 125
c Classicism 131
d Theatricality and anti-theatricality 137
e Loose and gathered selves 143
f Authorial selves 146
g Authority and authorship 155
h Dramatic works: ethics, politics and history 161
i Dramatic works: carnival 166
j Dramatic works: gender and sexuality 175
k Dramatic works: government and community 181
l Poetry: discrimination in history 187
m Mysteries and occasions: masques 197
Chronolgy 207
Bibliography 209
Index 217
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