- (1572–1637), English dramatist and poet; full name Benjamin Jonson. With his play Every Man in his Humour (1598) he established his ‘comedy of humours’, whereby each character is dominated by a particular obsession. He became the first Poet Laureate in the modern sense. Other notable works: Volpone (1606) and Bartholomew Fair (1614).
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- The third section skips over the remainder of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and examines Jonsonian playwrights of the twentieth century: John Arden, Joe Orton, Peter Barnes, Caryl Churchill and Alan Ayckbourn.
- And his overall argument about the difference between Shakespearean and Jonsonian constructions of identity ultimately transcends the continuing doubts about traceable personal satire in Shakespeare.
- Arriving at the end of the masque, Caliban and his fellows effectively invert the form of the Jonsonian masque and with it Prospero's ability to control the terms of the marriage.
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