Martin Butler (Professor of English Renaissance Drama at the University of Leeds) directs a semester-length seminar on Ben Jonsonís multifaceted career. At the Folger Shakespeare Library on Thursday afternoons from 1 October through 10 December 2009. Apply by 5 June 2009 or 4 September 2009. Because of Ben Jonsonís complex position at the intersections of the theatre, the court, and the nascent world of professional letters, his work touches on almost every corner of English Renaissance literature. With The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson forthcoming, the time is ripe for a fresh look at Jonsonís multifaceted career. Selected seminar participants will examine ideas of laureateship and authority; the poet in the world of power; Jonsonian crossovers between the popular and the classical; attitudes to friendship and sexuality; Jonsonís construction of his text in manuscript and print, and its reconstruction by modern editors; the Sons of Ben and literary inheritance; and Jonsonís afterlife in theatre, opera, and anecdote.
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