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Volpone's bastards : theorising Jonson's city comedy

Author: Isaac Hui
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 comedies are built upon the tension between death, castration and nothingness on one hand, and the comic slippage of identities in the city on the other. This study understands Jonson, first and foremost, as a comedy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Ben Jonson; Ben Jonson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Isaac Hui
ISBN: 9781474423472 1474423477
OCLC Number: 1002834164
Description: v, 186 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Jonson and comedy --
'For pleasing imitation of greater men's action': Nano the Anamorphic Ape --
'Think me cold, frozen, and impotent, and so report me?': Volpone and his 'castrone' complex --
'The case appears too liquid': the two sides of androgyno --
'I fear I shall begin to grow in love with my dear self': the parasite and his 'mirror stage' --
Jonson's comedy of bastardy --
Conclusion: 'fools, they are the only nation': rereading the interlude and beyond.
Responsibility: Isaac Hui.

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