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Masques of difference : four court masques

Author: Ben Jonson; Kristen McDermott
Publisher: Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York, NY : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2007.
Series: Revels student editions.
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"Masques of Difference presents an annotated edition of four seventeenth-century entertainments written by Ben Jonson for the court of James I. These masques - gorgeous, expensive events that combined music, dance, acting, costume, painting, and the latest theatrical special effects - reflect both the confidence and the anxieties of the English aristocracy at a time when notions of monarchy, empire, and national  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Ben Jonson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Jonson; Kristen McDermott
ISBN: 9780719057540 071905754X
OCLC Number: 148905859
Description: viii, 214 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: The masque of blackness --
The masque of queens --
The Irish masque at court --
The masque of the gypsies metamorphosed.
Series Title: Revels student editions.
Other Titles: Masques.
Responsibility: by Ben Jonson ; edited by Kristen McDermott.

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Masques of difference' presents an annotated edition of four seventeenth-century entertainments written by Ben Jonson, which reflect the royal court's self-representation as moral and just, in  Read more...

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