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The Marriage Masques, 1606–1608

A. W. Johnson

in Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198117599
eISBN:
9780191671005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117599.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

D. J. Gordon claims that the central conceit of the masque is to build a complex emblem of Union which binds the theme of love as a harmonizing power within the body to a local event (marriage), a ... More


Politics, Epistemology, and Public Theater

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Chapter 5 traces masques' representations of political alternatives throughout the seventeenth century, masques' prominently varied epistemological investments, and their deployment in creating an ... More


The Masque of Queens, 1609

A. W. Johnson

in Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198117599
eISBN:
9780191671005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117599.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter focuses on The Masque of Queens, which formally introduces the theory of antimasque to the English audience. The masque can be seen as a pivotal work in Jonson's career: crowning the ... More


Structural Change in the Masques, 1610–1616

A. W. Johnson

in Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198117599
eISBN:
9780191671005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117599.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter focuses on the structural differences in Jonson's later masques – namely Oberon, Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly, Love Restored, and The Irish Masque – compared with those that came ... More


The Jacobean Masque: Jonson, Authorship, and Royal Address

Gabriel Heaton

in Writing and Reading Royal Entertainments: From George Gascoigne to Ben Jonson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199213115
eISBN:
9780191707148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213115.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter takes as its subject the development of Jacobean masques, Jonson's construction of himself as an author, and his relationship with royalty. There are two important royal presentation ... More


Horizons of the Masque

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter shows that mid‐ and late‐ seventeenth‐century booksellers' catalogues designate public theatrical masques, Interregnum closet pieces, and Restoration operas as “masques.” Masques were ... More


Interpreting

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter develops a hermeneutics of the masque adequate both to the distinctiveness of occasional drama and to the qualities it shares with other kinds of literature and theater. This chapter ... More


The Masque and the News

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter examines masques in the context of publicity, information, and evolving forms of public opinion. Public encounters with the masque reveal the early history of ‘news’, the circulation of ... More


Conclusion

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Not only throughout the seventeenth century but well beyond it, masques participated in an evolving, transhistorically collaborative tradition. Late eighteenth‐century masques repurpose early ... More


Jonson and the Vitruvian Aesthetic

A. W. Johnson

in Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198117599
eISBN:
9780191671005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117599.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The surviving works from Ben Jonson's library offer evidence of sides to his character which are not immediately apparent in his works, for the simple reason that they involve numbers rather than ... More


Jonson, Jones, and Vitruvian Romance

A. W. Johnson

in Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198117599
eISBN:
9780191671005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117599.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Vitruvianism offered Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones more than a set of rules. Even a cursory consideration of the early collaborative masques and entertainments – in which formal Vitruvian elements are ... More


Colonna and the Early Masques

A. W. Johnson

in Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198117599
eISBN:
9780191671005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117599.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter suggests that the early collaborative masques and entertainments open an exciting possibility – Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones appear to have used the Hypnerotomachia as an imaginative ... More


‘Those curious Squares, and Rounds,’: Number and Structure in the Masques, 1605–1608

A. W. Johnson

in Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198117599
eISBN:
9780191671005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117599.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines the structural patterns in Jonson's early masques and the way in which scenography, music, and even choreography are related to his ‘Fables’ through a common symbolism of ... More


‘Soe Honny from the Lyon came’: Wedding Entertainments for the Protector's Daughters

Edward Holberton

in Poetry and the Cromwellian Protectorate: Culture, Politics, and Institutions

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199544585
eISBN:
9780191719981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544585.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter looks at two wedding entertainments written by Waller and Marvell for the weddings of Cromwell's daughters in the autumn of 1657. It re-examines the performance of masques under the ... More


Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Lauren Shohet

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The first study to consider masques from the point of view of reception as well as production, Reading Masques illuminates intersections of elite and public culture in seventeenth‐century England. ... More


Gray's Inn Revels, 1594–5

Howard Marchitello

in The Machine in the Text: Science and Literature in the Age of Shakespeare and Galileo

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199608058
eISBN:
9780191729492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608058.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter examines the textual record of the Christmas-season festivities staged by Gray's Inn, 1594–5: the Gesta Grayorum. These Revels, together with critical readings of them, allow for an ... More


Writing and Reading Royal Entertainments: From George Gascoigne to Ben Jonson

Gabriel Heaton

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199213115
eISBN:
9780191707148
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213115.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This major new study of royal entertainments from the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King James I, including country house entertainments, tiltyard speeches, and court masques, is focused on the ... More


1559: The Taming of the Wolves

Martin Wiggins

in Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199650590
eISBN:
9780191741982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650590.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter analyses and reconstructs the dramatic response to the return of Protestantism to the heart of English government with the accession of Elizabeth I after five years of Mary I's ... More


Choosing Ovids (2)

Maggie Kilgour

in Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199589432
eISBN:
9780191738500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589432.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 2 positions the young Milton in relation to major trends of Caroline Ovidianism, represented by both the libertine poets and the court masques. Given the role of Ovid in courtly ... More


Introduction

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter argues for an inclusive study of masque events, masque receivers, and reception theory. It examines not only audiences present at court performances, but also the commercial print ... More


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