Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2018

192 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474423472

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Volpone's Bastards

Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Isaac Hui

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Reads Ben Jonson in fresh ways from various theoretical perspectives including psychoanalysis, poststructuralism and Marxism
  • Shows readers how the dwarf, the androgyne, the eunuch and the parasite are instrumental to the understanding of Volpone and other Jonson's comedies including Epicoene, The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair
  • Provides readers with a new understanding of Jonson's comedy, early modern city comedy and the difference between comedy and tragedy
  • Compares Jonson with other early modern plays such as Shakespeare's King Richard III and Twelfth Night, Middleton's A Mad World, My Masters and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and Massinger's The Renegado
  • Compares Jonson's comedies with modern film comedies such as the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Monty Python