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Ben Jonson, John Marston and early modern drama : satire and the audience / Rebecca Yearling, Lecturer in English, Keele University, UK.

Author/Creator:
Yearling, Rebecca Kate, 1979- author.
Publication:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. , ©2016
Format/Description:
Book
ix, 223 pages ; 23 cm
Subjects:
Marston, John, 1575?-1634 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Theater -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Theater -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
Satire, English -- History and criticism.
Theater audiences -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Theater audiences -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637.
Marston, John, 1575?-1634.
English drama.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
Satire, English.
Theater.
Theater audiences.
Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Summary:
"This book examines the influence of John Marston, typically seen as a minor figure among early modern dramatists, on his colleague Ben Jonson. While Marston is usually famed more for his very public rivalry with Jonson than for the quality of his plays, this book argues that such a view of Marston seriously underestimates his importance to the theatre of his time. In it, the author contends that Marston's plays represent an experiment in a new kind of satiric drama, with origins in the humanist tradition of serio ludere. His works--deliberately unpredictable, inconsistent and metatheatrical--subvert theatrical conventions and provide confusingly multiple perspectives on the action, forcing their spectators to engage actively with the drama and the moral dilemmas that it presents. The book argues that Marston's work thus anticipates and perhaps influenced the mid-period work of Ben Jonson, in plays such as Sejanus, Volpone and The Alchemist"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Why does Marston Matter?
The Problem of the Audience
The Playwrights and the Audience
Dramatic Satire and the Crisis of Authority
John Marston: Provoking the Audience
Jonson and Marston: 'I write just in thy vein, I'.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781137563989
1137563982
OCLC:
917339485
Publisher Number:
40025793194
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