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Ben Jonson has frequently been maligned for his antitheatricalism and inability to conceive of his plays as anything other than a reading experience. Staging Ben: A Collection of Essays on the Theatricality of Jonson's Plays offers a rebuttal of this mischaracterization of Jonson's work. Featuring contributions from both Renaissance literature scholars and theatre practitiBen Jonson has frequently been maligned for his antitheatricalism and inability to conceive of his plays as anything other than a reading experience. Staging Ben: A Collection of Essays on the Theatricality of Jonson's Plays offers a rebuttal of this mischaracterization of Jonson's work. Featuring contributions from both Renaissance literature scholars and theatre practitioners, this volume of essays demonstrates the prodigious theatrical imagination of one of the world's most underappreciated dramatists. It explores the problems associated with producing a Jonson play--from length to topicality to cast size--and offers solutions for those who have an interest in bringing Jonson's plays to life. Specific plays explored in this collection are Sejanus, Volpone, The Alchemist, Catiline, and Bartholomew Fair....

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ISBN : 28488462
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Number of Pages : 107 Pages
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  • Reese
    2019-01-13 15:46

    While collected short works need not be connected in any way other than by the binding that makes them a unit, the discussions in Staging Ben do have a common purpose: to spread the word that "today's theatre could benefit from more Ben Jonson in its offerings"(Botvinick 8). However, what the essays do not have in common seems more obvious than their shared objective; thus any rating (including mine) of the book as a whole is probably not helpful. Of its four (excluding the Introduction) essays, I say: 1) two are interesting and coherent treatments of the chosen subjects, one likely to be useful primarily to academicians and the other to theatre practitioners; 2) one, packed with material from a broad range of sources, is confusingly organized, making it difficult to appreciate; and 3) one easily loses a reader irritated by imprecise word choice, jargon, and bloated sentences (i.e., "the brick and mortar" of many dissertations). Five + five + three + one divided by four = 3.5. If I include the volume's Introduction in my assessment, I can justify rounding up to four stars.


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