This is a comprehensive introduction to Ben Jonson's "Volpone" - introducing its critical history, performance history, current critical landscape and new directions in research on the play. As perhaps the best-known and most-studied work in the canon of Shakespeare's leading contemporary rival, Ben Jonson's "Volpone" (1606) is a particularly important play for thinking about early modern drama as a whole. This guide offers students an introduction to its critical and performance history, including recent versions on stage and screen. It includes a keynote chapter outlining major areas of current research on the play and four new critical essays presenting contrasting critical approaches focusing on literary intertextuality; performance studies; political history; and broader social history. Finally, a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an annotated bibliography provide a basis for further individual research. "Continuum Renaissance Drama" offers practical and accessible introductions to the critical and performative contexts of key Elizabethan and Jacobean plays.
Each guide introduces the text's critical and performance history but also provides students with an invaluable insight into the landscape of current scholarly research through a keynote essay on the state of the art and newly commissioned essays of fresh research from different critical perspectives.
...offers the most wide-ranging and thought-provoking overview of Jonson's comedy ever assembled. It considers the play both as a literary text and as a performance piece, covering its history on the stage and in critical commentary, and so illuminating the current state of scholarship on this most provocative and ambiguous of plays. The well-balanced essays are not afraid to disagree with each other and repeatedly point us towards exciting new questions about a play which is all too often castrated by being labelled a "classic." It will be of value to scholars, teachers and students alike. Future study of Volpone starts here.
Richard Dutton, Humanities Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of English, Ohio State University, USA
Matthew Steggle's collection of critical essays deals perspicaciously with many of the painful questions that linger about Ben Jonson's most popular play...Steggle's collection confirms the power and wit of Jonson's most enduring stage comedy.
The Sixteenth Century Journal
|Series Introduction||p. vii|
|The Critical Backstory||p. 8|
|Volpone on the Stage||p. 31|
|The State of the Art||p. 55|
|New Directions: Jonson's Literary Theatre: Volpone in Performance and Print (1606-1607)||p. 83|
|New Directions: 'Live Free, … Rob Churches, … Lend me your Dwarf': What's Funny about Volpone?||p. 105|
|New Directions: Ben Jonson and Imprisonment||p. 125|
|New Directions: Age and Ageing in Volpone||p. 144|
|Resources for Teaching and Studying Volpone||p. 168|
|Notes on Contributors||p. 190|
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Series: Continuum Renaissance Drama
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 20th January 2011
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated