The Alchemist: A Critical Reader

The Alchemist: A Critical Reader

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Overview

The eponymous alchemist of Ben Jonson's quick-fire comedy is a fraud: he cannot make gold, but he does make brilliant theatre. The Alchemist is a masterpiece of wit and form about the self-delusions of greed and the theatricality of deception. This guide will be useful to a diverse assembly of students and scholars, offering fresh new ways into this challenging and fascinating play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780938295
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/23/2013
Series: Arden Early Modern Drama Guides
Edition description: Critical
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Erin Julian is a Doctoral Student at McMaster University, Canada.

Helen Ostovich is Professor of English at McMaster University, Canada. She is the editor of a number of editions of Ben Jonson's plays and founding editor of the jourbanal Early Theatre.

Table of Contents

Series Introduction

Notes on Contributors

Timeline

Introduction

1 The Critical Backstory DAVID BEVINGTON

2 The Alchemist on the Stage: Performance,

Collaboration and Deviation ELIZABETH SCHAFER

and EMMA COX

3 The State of the Art MATTHEW STEGGLE

4 New Directions: Space, Plague and Satire in

Ben Jonson's The Alchemist MATHEW MARTIN

5 New Directions: Staging Gender IAN MCADAM AND

JULIE SANDERS

6 New Directions: The Alchemist and the Lower Bodily

Stratum BRUCE BOEHRER

7 New Directions: Waiting for the End? Alchemy and

Apocalypse in The Alchemist MARK HOULAHAN

8 Pedagogical Strategies and Web Resources

ERIN JULIAN and HELEN OSTOVICH

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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