The author considers the Elizabethan playwright Ben Jonson a realist and an acute observer of the transformation from feudalism to capitalism. Many of the forms and purposes of Jonson's realism resulted from the social dynamics of the London theater audience. In this book, Haynes presents a detailed literary historical argument about the sources and consequences of Jonson's realism. He examines the entanglements of life and art in Jonson's time both through a look at the life of that period and through insightful readings of Jonson's plays. The book polemicizes against the moral and formal pre-occupations of the last two generations of Jonson criticism proceeding it; it is instead informed by the social history and by the sociology of Pierre Bordieu and Norbert Elias.
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- Date Published: August 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521152716
- length: 158 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm
- weight: 0.24kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Jonson's realism
2. The origins of Jonson's realism
3. 'Thus neere, and familiarly allied to the time'
4. Representing the Underworld: The Alchemist
5. Festivity and the dramatic economy of Bartholomew Fair
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