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Volpone's BastardsTheorising Jonson's City Comedy$
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Isaac Hui

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474423472

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.001.0001

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Introduction: Jonson and Comedy

Introduction: Jonson and Comedy

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: Jonson and Comedy
Volpone's Bastards

Isaac Hui

Edinburgh University Press

The introductory chapter gives a preliminary reading of Act 1 scene 2 of Volpone, suggesting how it was often neglected by many early modern scholars. The phenomenon reflects the traditional tendency of reading the dramatist from a moral perspective. It discusses the concept of bastardy through plays such as The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing. This chapter suggests that modern literary and cultural theories can help us understand Jonson in a different light.

Keywords:   Volpone, Bastardy, The Marchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Mikhail Bakhtin, Michel Foucault

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