Ben Jonson's Theatrical Republics (Hardcover)

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Ben Jonson's Theatrical Republics (Hardcover)

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This timely book challenges conventional critical wisdom about the work of Ben Jonson. Looking in particular at his Jacobean and Caroline plays, it explores his engagement with concepts of republicanism. Julie Sanders investigates notions of community in Jonson's stage worlds - his 'theatrical republics' - and reveals a Jonson to contrast with the traditional image of the writer as conservative, absolutist, misogynist, and essentially 'anti-theatrical'. The Jonson presented here is a positive celebrant of the social and political possibilities of theatre.
Julie Sanders is Lecturer in English at Keele University.

Product Details ISBN: 9780312214982
ISBN-10: 0312214987
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: November 11th, 1998
Pages: 262
Language: English