By Rebecca Yearling
This booklet examines the impression of John Marston, generally visible as a minor determine between early glossy dramatists, on his colleague Ben Jonson. whereas Marston is mostly famed extra for his very public competition with Jonson than for the standard of his performs, this e-book argues that any such view of Marston heavily underestimates his significance to the theatre of his time. In it, the writer contends that Marston's performs symbolize an test in a brand new form of satiric drama, with origins within the humanist culture of serio ludere. His works—deliberately unpredictable, inconsistent and metatheatrical—subvert theatrical conventions and supply confusingly a number of views at the motion, forcing their spectators to have interaction actively with the drama and the ethical dilemmas that it offers. The e-book argues that Marston's paintings therefore anticipates and maybe prompted the mid-period paintings of Ben Jonson, in performs equivalent to Sejanus, Volpone and The Alchemist.
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Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience by Rebecca Yearling