This unique firsthand narrative provides us with an insight into where Jonson went, whom he met, and what he did on the way. Detail of Dunfermline from the west, by John Slezer, from Theatrum Scotiae. In editing the text we sought to reveal what lies behind its stories of places visited and people encountered, and in so doing brought its extensive cast of characters into focus. His publications include Royalism and Poetry in the English Civil War 1997 , Ben Jonson 2002 and Shakespeare, Jonson and the Claims of the Performative with Mark Robson, 2013. What led to these accusations is unknown. Performativity is an attempt to trace the history of a concept — or, at least, it started out that way.
Jonson has suffered something of a reputational decline over the centuries, and his plays are thought to be overly obscure and difficult to perform. Austin in the 1950s, as an attempt to of isolate a distinctive way in which language in use might make something happen — indeed, might be an event or an action in itself. A 1616 edition in features Jonson's Epistle to , in which the dramatist again indicates that Sejanus was a flop when staged at the. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000. Title page of The Workes of Beniamin Ionson 1616 , the first folio publication that included stage plays. Then the hook twisted, and pierced my publishing skin.
Phillips, who had been playing dissolute men for some time, would seem very likely for Tiberius if not for Jonson's hint that it was actually Shakespeare. Above all, the book explores the ways in which the reading of literature, and the practice of philosophy, might continue both to influence each other across disciplinary boundaries, and to challenge the internal topographies of those disciplines. Jonson published the play in a revised version, replacing the contributions of his co-author with his own words. David Grote argues that the published list probably mixes two separate productions, as Lowin did not join the King's Men until after the first production. At the heart of this book is a previously unpublished account of Ben Jonson's celebrated walk from London to Edinburgh in the summer of 1618. It is, in fact, a unique source: a firsthand account of the day to day activities of one of the greatest writers of the English renaissance.
It included a full itinerary of the journey, and information on what the travellers got up to along the way. Grote further suggests that the unnamed other members of the company, , William Sly, and , played the roles of Lepidus, Terentius, and Sabinius. Then a hook sunk itself in, drawing me along the Jonson road. However Philip Ayres has argued that Sejanus was thought to parallel the 1603 trial of , who had been found guilty of conspiring with Spanish Catholics to murder James I in the. Sejanus His Fall was performed at court in 1603, and at the in 1604. The published version was accompanied by copious marginal notes citing its historical sources, in in 1605 and in in 1616. Our edition, with contextual essays exploring the implications of the account for our knowledge of Jonson and his world, is available from.
The proud , whose confrontation with Tiberius occupies the core of the first three acts and whose suicide is a traditionally noble Roman death, most likely would have gone to Heminges, with the more military Condell as the. Supported by contextual essays, this unique firsthand narrative provides researchers and graduate students with an invaluable insight into Jonson's life and work, and the social and cultural history of early modern Britain. Ben Jonson Offered the chance to sum up the life, writing and critical history of in roughly 80,000 words, I stupidly said yes. This is the first publication of a recently discovered account of Ben Jonson's walk to Scotland in 1618. She has edited plays by Ben Jonson, Richard Brome and James Shirley, and was a contributing editor to The Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson 2012. But in 2009, an intriguing catalogue entry led me to an unassuming manuscript in an obscure collection of family papers in the at Chester. Jonson was certainly collaborating with Chapman in this period, as his next play, , was co-written with him.
Ever since turning the first pages of that book, I have been like a fish on a line. Her other publications include The Cultural Geography of Early Modern Drama, 1620-1650 2011 , which won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize for international women's scholarship in 2012. Royalism and Poetry in the English Civil Wars is a study of the intersection between the politics of royalism and the practice of poetry in the 1630s and 1640s. We also produced a for the project, including a blog that accompanied our of the walk, via social media, in the summer of 2013. But the picture this book sought to paint was one in which this self-ironising, healthily sceptical, expansive and clearly charismatic writer could have his due. Her publications include The Scottish Middle March, 1573 to 1625: Power, Kinship, Allegiance 2010 and Scotland Connected: The History of Scotland, Britain and the World at a Glance forthcoming, 2017. Some publications are also available via my.
The edition was published as a in 2015, and has also been included in the wonderful online edition of the. He has published widely on renaissance poetry and drama, and also on issues in contemporary literary theory. And finally, I was hauled in by some enchanting writing. It is not known which parts were played by which actors. The 1616 folio stood as a precedent for other play collections that followed—most notably the of plays in , but also the first folio of , and other collections that were important in preserving the dramatic literature of the age for subsequent generations. I teamed up with my brilliant colleagues Anna Groundwater and Julie Sanders, and we got to work on an edition of the account. The folio collections of 's works published in the seventeenth century were crucial developments in the publication of English literature and English Renaissance drama.
Shakespeare, Jonson and the Claims of the Performative Another recent publication is a book co-written with Mark Robson and published by. In the early years of his reign, 1603-5, James was especially sensitive to criticism of his supporters, given the several conspiracies against him, culminating in the 1605. Jonson was questioned, but no action was taken. He is sometimes even thought readable only by scholars burrowing their way through culture for the purposes of their research. Early one morning, any morning, we can set out, with the least possible baggage, and discover the world. He has published widely on renaissance poetry and drama, and also on issues in contemporary literary theory.
Herringman was one of three stationers who issued the in. I learnt of his extraordinary walk from London to Edinburgh. Two other works by Jonson were left out of the 17th-century folios but added to later editions: the plays and the latter written with Marston and. It is an invaluable volume for scholars and upper-level students of Ben Jonson studies, early modern literature, seventeenth-century social history, and cultural geography. Three plays were set into type for the projected collection, and printings of those typecasts were circulated—though whether they were sold commercially or distributed privately by Jonson is unclear. Still, with Shakespeare as Tiberius, there is a very large role for an indignant speechmaker, , that would have taken advantage of Phillips's rhetorical skills.