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Ben Jonson : Dramatist - Anne Barton

Ben Jonson


Paperback Published: 10th September 1984
ISBN: 9780521277488
Number Of Pages: 388

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Since the Romantic period, Jonson has been an author more respected than read. Frequently compared with Shakespeare, he usually suffers unfairly from the comparison. In this book Anne Barton gives a reading of the plays which completely re-evaluates Jonson as a dramatist. Describing in detail his experimentation with different comic styles and his changing relationship to other Elizabethan and Jacobean poets, particularly Shakespeare, she brings us closer than ever before to Jonson as a man, and as a great artist in comedy. The book proceeds chronologically, play by play, examining such important topics as Jonson's treatment of women, trust among individuals, father and son relationships, and proper names. Anne Barton argues that, despite his espousal of classical principles of decorum and restraint, Jonson was always drawn temperamentally towards the irregular, romantic Elizabethan tradition.

Abbreviations and chronology of plays
Jonson and the Elizabethans
The Case Is Altered and Every Man In His Humour
The comical satires
Sejanus and Volpone
The Alchemist
Names: the chapter interloping
Bartholomew Fair
The Devil Is An Ass
The Staple of News and Eastward Ho!
The New Inn
The Magnetic Lady
Harking back to Elizabeth: Jonson and Caroline nostalgia
A Tale of A Tub
The Sad Shepard
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ISBN: 9780521277488
ISBN-10: 0521277485
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 10th September 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 16.31  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.58