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.
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
Notes on Contributors
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
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