The Alchemist and Other Plays

Volpone, or The Fox; Epicene, or The Silent Woman; The Alchemist; Bartholemew Fair

Author: Ben Jonson

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780199537310

Category: Drama

Page: 560

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This edition brings together Jonson's four great comedies in one volume. Volpone, which was first performed in 1606, dramatizes the corrupting nature of greed in an exuberant satire set in contemporary Venice. The first production of Epicene marked the end of a year long closure of the theatres because of an epidemic of the plague in 1609; its comedy affirms the consolatory power of laughter at such a time. The Alchemist (1610) deploys the metaphors of alchemical transformation to emphasize the mutability of the characters and their relationships. In Bartholomew Fair (1614) Jonson embroils the visitors to the fair in its myriad tempations, exposing the materialistic impulses beneath the apparent godliness of Jacobean Puritans. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. Stage directions hvae been added to facilitate the reconstruction of the plays' performance, and there is a scholarly introduction, detailed annotation, and a glossary. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Volpone

Author: Ben Jonson

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300001396

Category: Drama

Page: 231

View: 6299

Offers the text of the famous satirical comedy about a fox by the English writer

Volpone and Other Plays

Author: Ben Jonson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014191498X

Category: Drama

Page: 496

View: 7584

The three plays collected in this volume depict the faults, errors and foibles of ordinary people with exuberant humour, savage satire and acute observations. Volpone portrays a rich Venetian who pretends to be dying so that his despised acquaintances will flock to his bedside with extravagant gifts in hope of an inheritance. The Alchemist also deals with greed and gullibility, as a rascally trio of confidence tricksters, claiming to have the legendary Philosopher's Stone, fool a series of victims who are hoping to make some easy money. And in a wonderfully energetic portrait of Jacobean life, Bartholomew Fair shows a diverse group of Londoners sampling the delights and temptations of the Fair - and the traders, prostitutes and cutpurses who set out to exploit them.

Remarks on Three Plays of Benjamin Jonson

Viz. Volpone, Or The Fox: Epicoene, Or The Silent Woman: and The Alchemist

Author: John Upton,James Upton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 124

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Alchemist and Other Plays

Author: Ben Jonson,Gordon Campbell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192834461

Category: Drama

Page: 530

View: 6264

This edition brings together Jonson's four great comedies in one volume. Volpone, which was first performed in 1606, dramatizes the corrupting nature of greed in an exuberant satire set in contemporary Venice. The first production of Epicene marked the end of a year long closure of the theatres because of an epidemic of the plague in 1609; its comedy affirms the consolatory power of laughter at such a time. The Alchemist (1610) deploys the metaphors of alchemical transformation to emphasize the mutability of the characters and their relationships. In Bartholomew Fair (1614) Jonson embroils the visitors to the fair in its myriad tempations, exposing the materialistic impulses beneath the apparent godliness of Jacobean Puritans. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. Stage directions hvae been added to facilitate the reconstructionof the plays' performance, and there is a scholarly introduction, detailed annotation, and a glossary.

The Alchemist

Author: R. J. L. Kingsford

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 134

View: 9680

John Lowin and the English Theatre, 1603–1647

Acting and Cultural Politics on the Jacobean and Caroline Stage

Author: Ms Barbara Wooding

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472406877

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 9341

Even for scholars who have devoted their careers to the early modern theatre, the name John Lowin may not instantly evoke recognition-until now, the actor's life and contribution to the theatre of the period has never been the subject of a full-length publication. In this study, Barbara Wooding provides a comprehensive overview of the life and times of Lowin, a leader of the King's Men's Company and one of the greatest actors of the seventeenth century. She examines his involvement in the Jacobean/Caroline world as performer, citizen and company manager, and contextualizes his life and career within the socio-economic and political framework of the period. Although references to him in the archives are patchy and sporadic, information about his activities within the King's Men's Company is well documented. In the course of analysing less familiar plays of the period and the characters Lowin played in them, Wooding supplements critical understanding of the scope and range of Caroline drama. Because Lowin's career burgeoned after Shakespeare's and Burbage's death, his life in Southwark and his career with the same company furnishes the opportunity for an examination of the changing status of actors, and the exercising of their skills within the drama of the later playhouse period.

Moral Play and Counterpublic

Author: Ineke Murakami

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136807101

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

View: 7145

In this study, Murakami overturns the misconception that popular English morality plays were simple medieval vehicles for disseminating conservative religious doctrine. On the contrary, Murakami finds that moral drama came into its own in the sixteenth century as a method for challenging normative views on ethics, economics, social rank, and political obligation. From its inception in itinerate troupe productions of the late fifteenth century, "moral play" served not as a cloistered form, but as a volatile public forum. This book demonstrates how the genre’s apparently inert conventions—from allegorical characters to the battle between good and evil for Mankind’s soul—veiled critical explorations of topical issues. Through close analysis of plays representing key moments of formal and ideological innovation from 1465 to 1599, Murakami makes a new argument for what is at stake in the much-discussed anxiety around the entwined social practices of professional theater and the emergent capitalist market. Moral play fostered a phenomenon that was ultimately more threatening to ‘the peace’ of the realm than either theater or the notorious market--a political self-consciousness that gave rise to ephemeral, non-elite counterpublics who defined themselves against institutional forms of authority.

Ben Jonson's Volpone, Or the Fox

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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A collection of seven critical essays on Jonson's comedy Volpone, or the fox, arranged in chronological order of their original publication.

Western Drama Through the Ages: Four great eras of western drama

Author: Kimball King

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313329340

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 624

View: 8734

An overview of drama focusing on Western countries covers the history of theater from 500 B.C. to the present, the contributions of different countries, specific plays, and theatrical techniques.

The Seventeenth - Century Literature Handbook

Author: Marshall Grossman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444390117

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 392

View: 8196

The Seventeenth Century Handbook provides the undergraduate with a succinct account of the century’s events, along with an exploration of the ways the literature reflected and helped shape the history of the time. Provides a coherent narrative of the entire century of literary history as well as an easy-to-use guide to the principal literary works and figures Offers an exploration of the ways the literature reflected and helped shape the history of the time Describes the continuities as well as the radical changes in this century of civil war and reformation Combines a central narrative account of “texts and contexts” with a selection of brief essays on key texts and topics Includes an alphabetical selection of capsule descriptions of important writers