Women of Ben Jonson's Poetry: Female Representations in the Non-Dramatic Verse

Women of Ben Jonson's Poetry: Female Representations in the Non-Dramatic Verse

by Barbara Smith
     
 

Ben Jonson (1572-1637) is recognized as one of the major poets and dramatists of his time. Yet this is the first study to look specifically at the role of women in his poetry. Barbara Smith challenges previously held conceptions of Jonson as a misogynist who upheld the patronage system that allowed him to work. Through detailed examination of his poetic structures,… See more details below

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Ben Jonson (1572-1637) is recognized as one of the major poets and dramatists of his time. Yet this is the first study to look specifically at the role of women in his poetry. Barbara Smith challenges previously held conceptions of Jonson as a misogynist who upheld the patronage system that allowed him to work. Through detailed examination of his poetic structures, the influence of the works of Juvenal, Martial and Horace, and Jonson's attitudes to his own female patrons, the Countess of Bedford and Lady Mary Wroth, The Women of Ben Jonson's Poetry demonstrates how seventeenth-century cultural values and ideas of gender are both supported and subverted in the poems. 'If we "survey Jonson in his works and know him there", we shall find the independence of spirit and originality that made him a rarity in his time and ours.'.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859282281
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Ch. IThe Praiser1
Subject/Object Identification3
Author/Persona Relationship8
Ch. IIMotivation29
Ch. IIIPatron's Lives49
Lucy, Countess of Bedford52
Lady Mary Wroth61
Ch. IVBlame75
Jonson and Juvenal75
Jonson and Martial89
Jonson and Horace95
Satire and Women99
Conclusion113
Bibliography119
Index127

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