Mixing Profit with your Pleasure: Ben Jonson and the Invention of the City
followed by a drinks reception at the World Heritage Site Visitors Centre, Palace Green.
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Ben Jonson is remembered as one of the great satirists of London life, but it is sometimes forgotten that his legacy was not just to mock the behaviour of citizens but to help create a new urban consciousness. This lecture will look at his comedies Volpone, The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair, exploring the ways that they imagine the modern civic economy and its consequences for individual and collective relationships.
Martin Butler is Professor of English Renaissance Drama at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Theatre and Crisis 1632-1642 (1984) and The Stuart Court Masque and Political Culture (2008). He has edited Cymbeline (New Cambridge Shakespeare, 2005) and The Tempest (Penguin Shakespeare, 2007) and, with David Bevington and Ian Donaldson, is general editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson (2012).
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