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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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‘For pleasing imitation of greater men’s action’: Nano the Anamorphic Ape

‘For pleasing imitation of greater men’s action’: Nano the Anamorphic Ape

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(p.25) Chapter 2 ‘For pleasing imitation of greater men’s action’: Nano the Anamorphic Ape
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Volpone's Bastards
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Isaac Hui

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.003.0002

Discussing Volpone with the paintings of Velázquez, Holbein, and Shakespeare’s King Richard III, this chapter argues that the dwarf is an important character as he relates to concepts such as anamorphosis, imitation, death, castration, and the Lacanian concept of the gaze. Not only is there a dwarfish quality within Volpone, it suggests that the signification of the ape is related to the ‘gold’ in Volpone’s shrine, meaning that the dwarf’s representation can be read as the play’s critique of nascent early modern capitalism.

Keywords:   Dwarf, Anamorphosis, Diego Velázquez, Hans Holbein, Richard III, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Volpone

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