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Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience

Rebecca Yearling

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ISBN 10: 1137563982 / ISBN 13: 9781137563989
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
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Title: Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern ...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st ed. 2016.

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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.

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Rebecca Yearling is Lecturer in English at Keele University, UK. Her research focuses on early modern drama both on the page and in performance. She has previously published in journals including Essays in Criticism and Studies in English Literature.

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