Title

Volpone's bastards : theorising Jonson's city comedy

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Publisher

Edinburgh University Press

Abstract

Through studying Volpone’s three bastard children ̶ the dwarf, the androgyne and the eunuch ̶ from the theoretical argument 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 writer, linking his work with modern film comedies such as the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Monty Python. It is a new approach to Jonsonian studies, responding to the current Marxist-Lacanian studies of literature, film and culture made popular by scholars such as Slavoj Žižek, Alenka Zupančič and Mladen Dolar. While the book pays close attention to the historical context of Jonson’s time, it brings him to the twenty-first century by discussing early modern comedies with modern critical theories and film.

ISBN

9781474423472

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Hui, I. (2018). Volpone's bastards: Theorising Jonson's city comedy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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