Ben Jonson’s Theatrical Republics

  • Julie Sanders

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Julie Sanders
      Pages 1-8
  3. Republics — Fake and Genuine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Julie Sanders
      Pages 11-33
    3. Julie Sanders
      Pages 34-46
  4. Theatrical Republics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Julie Sanders
      Pages 49-67
    3. Julie Sanders
      Pages 68-88
    4. Julie Sanders
      Pages 89-104
  5. Theatrical Commonwealths and Communities

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 188-262

About this book


This timely book challenges conventional critical wisdom about the work of Ben Jonson. Looking in particular at his Jacobean and Caroline plays, it explores his engagement with concepts of republicanism. Julie Sanders investigates notions of community in Jonson's stage worlds - his 'theatrical republics' - and reveals a Jonson to contrast with the traditional image of the writer as conservative, absolutist, misogynist, and essentially 'anti-theatrical'. The Jonson presented here is a positive celebrant of the social and political possibilities of theatre.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Julie Sanders
    • 1
  1. 1.Keele UniversityUK

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