Katharine Maus explores the biographical reasons for Jonson's preference for particular Latin authors; the effects of Roman moral and psychological paradigms on his methods of characterization and generic choices; the connection between his critical theory and artistic practice; and the impact of Roman social theory on his portrayal of communities and on his peculiar relationship with his audiences.
Originally published in 1985.
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Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. vii
- Acknowledgments, pg. ix
- I. Introduction: Jonson's Classics, pg. 1
- II. Virtue and Vice: Characterization in The Early Plays, pg. 22
- III. Profit, Delight, and Imitation: Theory and Practice in the Middle Comedies, pg. 47
- IV. Roman Moral Psychology and Jonson's Dramatic Forms, pg. 77
- V. Jonson and the Roman Social Ethos, pg. 111
- VI. The Late Jonson, pg. 151
- Notes, pg. 169
- Index, pg. 205