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.
'Volpone: A Critical Guide 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.'--Sanford Lakoff
Series Introduction; Volpone Timeline; Introduction; The Critical Backstory Sam Thompson; Performance History, Rebecca Yearling; The State of the Art: Robert C. Evans; New Directions: Jonson's Literary Theater: Volpone in Performance and Print (1606-1607) James P. Bednarz; New Directions: "Live Free,... Rob Churches,... Lend me your Dwarf": What's Funny about Volpone? Rick Bowers; New Directions: Ben Jonson and Imprisonment Frances Teague; New Directions: Age and Ageing in Volpone Stella Achilleos; Resources for teaching and studying Volpone Matthew C. Hansen; Bibliography; Notes on Contributors; Index.
Series: Continuum Renaissance Drama
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 24th March 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated