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“Unnatural and Horrid Physic”: Pharmaceutical Theater in Jonson and Webster

Tanya Pollard

in Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270835
eISBN:
9780191710322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270835.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines depictions of dangerous doctors and medicines in plays by Jonson and Webster. It argues that Jonson draws on popular fears of drugs and poisons when he identifies cosmetics and ... More


Volpone's Bastards: Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Isaac Hui

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474423472
eISBN:
9781474444958
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Through studying Volpone’s three bastard children – the dwarf, the androgyne and the eunuch – from the theoretical arguments of Freud, Lacan, Derrida and Foucault, this book discusses how Jonson’s ... More


Sly Foxes

Nat Segaloff

in Arthur Penn: American Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813129761
eISBN:
9780813135502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.003.0021
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Sly Fox is a play based on Ben Jonson's Elizabethan drama Vulpine which was finished in 1606. It is a comedy about deceit, death, greed, fraud, and was influenced by Stefan Zweig's German adaptation. ... More


Introduction: Jonson and Comedy

Isaac Hui

in Volpone's Bastards: Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474423472
eISBN:
9781474444958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The introductory chapter gives a preliminary reading of Act 1 scene 2 of Volpone, suggesting how it was often neglected by many early modern scholars. The phenomenon reflects the traditional tendency ... More


‘For pleasing imitation of greater men’s action’: Nano the Anamorphic Ape

Isaac Hui

in Volpone's Bastards: Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474423472
eISBN:
9781474444958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Discussing Volpone with the paintings of Velázquez, Holbein, and Shakespeare’s King Richard III, this chapter argues that the dwarf is an important character as he relates to concepts such as ... More


‘Think me cold, frozen, and impotent, and so report me?’: Volpone and His ‘Castrone’ Complex

Isaac Hui

in Volpone's Bastards: Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474423472
eISBN:
9781474444958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Reading Jonson with the Fabliau, Boccaccio and Chaucer, this chapter, with the help of Lacan’s theory, rereads Volpone Act 3 scene 7, explaining why Volpone ‘delays’ his ‘rape’ of Celia. While ... More


Theatre

in The Voice of the Heart: The Working of Mervyn Peake's Imagination

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310225
eISBN:
9781846314391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310225.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines the most successful of Peake's plays, The Wit to Woo, which had a brief run at the Arts Theatre in London in the spring of 1957, and discusses how his growing interest in ... More


Dying Communally: Volpone and How to Get Rich Quick

Maggie Vinter

in Last Acts: The Art of Dying on the Early Modern Stage

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823284269
eISBN:
9780823286133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823284269.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter argues that Ben Jonson’s Volpone uses the situation of the deathbed to consider how communal obligations are created and broken. Volpone’s fraud transforms the value-creating spiritual ... More


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