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Ben Jonson"s theory and use of satire in comedy .. by Bradford Michael Morehouse Hill

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Written in English


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Pagination[3], 82 p.
Number of Pages82
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Open LibraryOL25588846M

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  An illustration of an open book. Books. An illustration of two cells of a film strip. Video An illustration of an audio speaker. Ben Jonson's theory and use of satire in comedy. Item Preview remove-circle Ben Jonson's theory and use of satire in comedy. by Hill, Bradford Michael Morehouse. Publication date Pages: “It is a satire David Bevington writes in his essay about Ben Jonson’s Volpone and continues without sparing the question of the play’s genre another thought. There is, however, no unanimous opinion on the matter, as the ease with which Bevington comes to his conclusion would suggest. The play is too complex to be classified that quickly. Comedy of humours, a dramatic genre most closely associated with the English playwright Ben Jonson from the late 16th century. The term derives from the Latin humor (more properly umor), meaning “liquid,” and its use in the medieval and Renaissance medical theory that the human body held a balance of four liquids, or humours: blood, phlegm, yellow bile (choler), and black bile (melancholy).   Ben Jonson, English Stuart dramatist, lyric poet, and literary critic. He is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James I. Among his major plays are the comedies Every .

What is correct to say about the satire in Jonson's play is that he is satirizing fools, crooks, and swindlers. Biographers have not succeeded in definitively identifying Jonson's personal opinion.   Ben Jonson dissociated himself from this degenerate meaning of the word “humour”, took it back to its original physiological sense and fitted it into the context of his concept of the nature and function of comedy. Just as a man has in his physique a dominant humour, similarly he has in his psyche a dominant passion. In a modern sense, comedy (from the Greek: κωμῳδία, kōmōidía) is a genre of fiction that refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, television, film, stand-up comedy, books or any other medium of origins of the term are found in Ancient Greece. Ben Jonson's concept of 'humour' was an extension of the medieval theory of humours which was related to the psychological belief that the physical, mental and emotional health of a person was.

One of the goals of satire is to help bring about social change, and by focusing on the possibilities for changing the upper classes, Jonson implies that positive change may be achieved. The following study was begun as an attempt to discover the relation between the comedies of Ben Jonson and his many statements about what a comedy should be and should do. The first chapter is by way of a general summary of the critical theories and dramatic practices among Jonson's contemporaries, and the material is presented briefly. Eric Rasmussen and Ian DeJong introduce Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, which combines self-conscious theatricality with sharp satire. There are very few plays from the English Renaissance that modern readers find impossible to put down – but Ben Jonson ’s comedy The Alchemist is .   Book Description. Jonson, Shakespeare, and Aristotle on Comedy relates new understandings of Aristotle’s dramatic theory to the comedy of Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare. Typically, scholars of Renaissance drama have treated Aristotle’s theory only as a possible historical influence on Jonson’s and Shakespeare’s drama, focusing.