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Volpone'S Bastards

Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

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Brings Ben Jonson to the twenty-first century by reading Volpone through psychoanalysis, poststructuralism and MarxismThrough studying Volpone's three bastard children ? the dwarf, the androgyne and the eunuch ? from the theoretical argument of Freud, Lacan, Derrida and Foucault, this book discusses how Jonson's comedies are built upon the tension between death, castration and nothingness on one hand, and the comic slippage of identities in the city on the other. This study understands Jonson, first and foremost, as a comedy writer, linking his work with modern film comedies such as the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Monty Python. It is a new approach to Jonsonian studies, responding to the current Marxist-Lacanian studies of literature, film and culture made popular by scholars such as Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic and Mladen Dolar. While the book pays close attention to the historical context of Jonson's time, it brings him to the twenty-first century by discussing early modern comedies with modern critical theories and film.Key FeaturesReads Ben Jonson in fresh ways from various theoretical perspectives including psychoanalysis, poststructuralism and MarxismShows readers how the dwarf, the androgyne, the eunuch and the parasite are instrumental to the understanding of Volpone and other Jonson's comedies including 'Epicoene', 'The Alchemist' and 'Bartholomew Fair'Provides readers with a new understanding of Jonson's comedy, early modern city comedy and the difference between comedy and tragedyCompares Jonson with other early modern plays such as Shakespeare's 'King Richard III' and 'Twelfth Night', 'Middleton's A Mad World', 'My Masters' and 'A Chaste Maid in Cheapside' and 'Massinger's The Renegado'Compares Jonson's comedies with modern film comedies such as the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Monty Python

Product code: 9781474423472

ISBN 9781474423472
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 192
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Through studying Volpone's three bastard children, this book discusses how Jonson's comedies are built upon the tension between death, castration and nothingness on one hand, and the comic slippage of identities in the city on the other.