Imitation and Contamination of the Classics in the Comedies of Ben Jonson Imitation and Contamination of the Classics in the Comedies of Ben Jonson
Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama

Imitation and Contamination of the Classics in the Comedies of Ben Jonson

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Publisher Description

This book focuses on the influence of classical authors on Ben Jonson’s dramaturgy, with particular emphasis on the Greek and Roman playwrights and satirists. It illuminates the interdependence of the aspects of Jonson’s creative personality by considering how classical performance elements, including the Aristophanic ‘Great Idea,’ chorus, Terentian/Plautine performative strategies, and ‘performative’ elements from literary satire, manifest themselves in the structuring and staging of his plays.

This fascinating exploration contributes to the ‘performative turn’ in early modern studies by reframing Jonson’s classicism as essential to his dramaturgy as well as his erudition. The book is also a case study for how the early modern education system’s emphasis on imitative-contaminative practices prepared its students, many of whom became professional playwrights, for writing for a theatre that had a similar emphasis on recycling and recombining performative tropes and structures.

GENRE
Arts & Entertainment
RELEASED
2022
October 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
262
Pages
PUBLISHER
Taylor and Francis
SELLER
Taylor & Francis Group
SIZE
1.9
MB

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