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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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Conclusion: ‘Fools, they are the only nation’: Rereading the Interlude and Beyond

Conclusion: ‘Fools, they are the only nation’: Rereading the Interlude and Beyond

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(p.145) Chapter 7 Conclusion: ‘Fools, they are the only nation’: Rereading the Interlude and Beyond
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Volpone's Bastards
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Isaac Hui

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.003.0007

This concluding chapter re-examines Jonson’s thinking of metempsychosis based on the previous discussion of Volpone’s bastards. While metempsychosis is usually referred to as the transmigration of souls, the idea in Volpone can be carnivalesque and is full of slippage and deferral. Using Sontag’s concept of Camp, it argues how the interlude represents a celebration of an epicene style. Finally, this chapter discusses the idea of Jonson’s comedies as lack with other early modern city comedies and modern film comedies, with a particular focus on Middleton (for plays such as A Mad World, My Masters and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, with the comparison of cuckold and wittol for instance), and attempts to think about bastardy as a multivalent trope to discuss the city, capitalism and comedy (including modern film comedy) and jokes themselves as improper, bastard forms of utterance.

Keywords:   Metempsychosis, Fool, Camp, Comedy, Thomas Middleton, Bastardy

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