Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and by Rebecca Yearling

By Rebecca Yearling

This booklet examines the effect of John Marston, generally noticeable as a minor determine between early sleek dramatists, on his colleague Ben Jonson. whereas Marston is mostly famed extra for his very public competition with Jonson than for the standard of his performs, this publication argues that the sort of view of Marston heavily underestimates his significance to the theatre of his time. In it, the writer contends that Marston's performs signify an scan in a brand new type of satiric drama, with origins within the humanist culture of serio ludere. His works—deliberately unpredictable, inconsistent and metatheatrical—subvert theatrical conventions and supply confusingly a number of views at the motion, forcing their spectators to have interaction actively with the drama and the ethical dilemmas that it provides. The publication argues that Marston's paintings therefore anticipates and maybe stimulated the mid-period paintings of Ben Jonson, in performs similar to Sejanus, Volpone and The Alchemist.

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