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Ben Jonson in Context

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Julie Sanders, Sarah Grandage, Richard Dutton, Matthew Steggle, Andrew McRae, Martin Butler, Katherine Eisaman Maus, Michelle O'Callaghan, Mark Robson, Eugene Giddens, James Loxley, Lois Potter, Adam Zucker, Tiffany Stern, Lucy Munro, Janette Dillon, Steve Hindle, Malcolm Smuts, Karen Britland, David Lindley, Barbara Ravelhofer, James Knowles, Alan B. Farmer, John Peacock, Ben Morgan, Lorna Hutson, Julie Maxwell, Andrew Hadfield, Clare McManus, Kate Chedgzoy, Rebecca Ann Bach, Christopher Burlinson, Garrett A. Sullivan Jr., Helen Ostovich, Mimi Yiu, Robert Appelbaum, Margaret Healy, Eleanor Lowe, Mario DiGangi
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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107637092

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  • Bringing together a group of established and emergent Jonson scholars, this volume reacts to major new advances in thinking about the writer and his canon of works. The study is divided into two distinct parts: the first considers the Jonsonian career and output from biographical, critical, and performance-based angles; the second looks at cultural and historical contexts building on rich interdisciplinary work. Social historians work alongside literary critics to provide a diverse and varied account of Jonson. These are less standard surveys of the field than vibrant interventions into current critical debates. The short-essay format of the collection seeks less to harmonize and homogenize than to raise awareness of new avenues of research on Jonson, including studies informed by book history, cultural geography, the law and legal discourse, the history of science, and interests in material culture.

    • Provides new angles on Jonson as an author and within the context of his time
    • Puts Jonson's plays and poetry into a rich dialogue with one another, rather than considering them in isolation
    • Essays are written by social historians as well as literary critics in order to provide as diverse and varied an account of Jonson as possible
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    "BEN JONSON in Context contains thirty-eight essays that dynamically engage with the works of Jonson in relation to his life, but more especially the material culture of his times [...] The volume ends with a useful further reading list...the short-essay format works successfully, making the experience of reading the book through something of a pleasant and informative addiction.
    -JOHANN GREGORY

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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107637092
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Timeline Sarah Grandage
    Part I. Life, Works, and Afterlife:
    1. Tales of a life Richard Dutton
    2. Jonson in the Elizabethan period Matthew Steggle
    3. Jonson in the Jacobean period Andrew McRae
    4. Jonson in the Caroline period Martin Butler
    5. Genre Katherine Eisaman Maus
    6. Friends, collaborators, and rivals Michelle O'Callaghan
    7. Jonson and Shakespeare Mark Robson
    8. Editions and editors Eugene Giddens
    9. Critical reception James Loxley
    10. Performance afterlives Lois Potter
    Part II. Cultural and Historical Contexts:
    11. London and urban space Adam Zucker
    12. The Globe and the open air amphitheatres Tiffany Stern
    13. The Whitefriars and the children's companies Lucy Munro
    14. The Blackfriars Theatre and the indoor theatres Janette Dillon
    15. Provinces, parishes, and neighbourhoods Steve Hindle
    16. The court Malcolm Smuts
    17. Masques, courtly and provincial Karen Britland
    18. Music David Lindley
    19. Dance Barbara Ravelhofer
    20. Manuscript culture and reading practices James Knowles
    21. Print culture and reading practices Alan B. Farmer
    22. Visual culture John Peacock
    23. The body Ben Morgan
    24. Law, crime, and punishment Lorna Hutson
    25. Religion Julie Maxwell
    26. Politics Andrew Hadfield
    27. Rank Clare McManus
    28. Households Kate Chedgzoy
    29. Foreign travel and exploration Rebecca Ann Bach
    30. Domestic travel and social mobility Julie Sanders
    31. Money and consumerism Christopher Burlinson
    32. Land Garrett A. Sullivan Jr.
    33. Patronage Helen Ostovich
    34. Architecture Mimi Yiu
    35. Food Robert Appelbaum
    36. Alchemy, magic, and the sciences Margaret Healy
    37. Clothing and identity Eleanor Lowe
    38. Gender and sexuality Mario DiGangi
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  • Editor

    Julie Sanders, University of Nottingham
    Julie Sanders is Professor of English Literature and Drama at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of Ben Jonson's Theatrical Republics (1998) and has recently edited The New Inn for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson.

    Contributors

    Julie Sanders, Sarah Grandage, Richard Dutton, Matthew Steggle, Andrew McRae, Martin Butler, Katherine Eisaman Maus, Michelle O'Callaghan, Mark Robson, Eugene Giddens, James Loxley, Lois Potter, Adam Zucker, Tiffany Stern, Lucy Munro, Janette Dillon, Steve Hindle, Malcolm Smuts, Karen Britland, David Lindley, Barbara Ravelhofer, James Knowles, Alan B. Farmer, John Peacock, Ben Morgan, Lorna Hutson, Julie Maxwell, Andrew Hadfield, Clare McManus, Kate Chedgzoy, Rebecca Ann Bach, Christopher Burlinson, Garrett A. Sullivan Jr., Helen Ostovich, Mimi Yiu, Robert Appelbaum, Margaret Healy, Eleanor Lowe, Mario DiGangi

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