Refashioning Ben Jonson: Gender, Politics and the Jonsonian Canon

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This collection of multi-authored essays not only refashions and revises critical understandings of the early modern dramatist Ben Jonson and his canon of work, but is also self-reflexive about the process. It includes original essays by both established and emergent Jonson scholars, and employs materialist, feminist, and queer theory in the production of its readings of Jonsonian playtexts and masques, familiar and otherwise. It is intended to encourage new approaches by ...
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Overview

This collection of multi-authored essays not only refashions and revises critical understandings of the early modern dramatist Ben Jonson and his canon of work, but is also self-reflexive about the process. It includes original essays by both established and emergent Jonson scholars, and employs materialist, feminist, and queer theory in the production of its readings of Jonsonian playtexts and masques, familiar and otherwise. It is intended to encourage new approaches by students to this central figure from the Renaissance.
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Essays by established and newer scholars employ different approaches to the work of the canonical Renaissance dramatist. They reconsider plays in light of their political and historical contexts, and offer readings derived from materialist, feminist, and queer critical practice. Works discussed include Volpone, Poetaster, The Devil is an Ass, and The Staple of News. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312211677
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Sanders is Lecturer in English at the University of Keele. Kate Chedgzoy and Susan Wiseman are both Lecturers in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: Refashioning Ben Jonson 1
2 Jonson's 'Comical Satires' and the Art of Courtly Compliment 28
3 'Satyres, That Girde and Fart at the Time': Poetaster and the Essex Rebellion 48
4 Sejanus: Ethics and Politics in the Early Reign of James 71
5 'Defacing the Carcass': Anne of Denmark and Jonson's The Masque of Blackness 93
6 The Lone Wolf: Jonson's Epistle to Volpone 114
7 Making and Buying: Ben Jonson and the Commercial Theatre Audience 134
8 Hell for Lovers: Shades of Adultery in The Devil is an Ass 155
9 Print, Popular Culture, Consumption and Commodification in The Staple of News 183
10 'The Eccho of Uncertaintie': Jonson, Classical Drama and the English Civil War 208
Index 230
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