This title was first published in 2003. "Jonsonians" explores the theatrical traditions within which Ben Jonson was working, investigates the ways in which his work has influenced and informed the development of theatre from the early 17th century to the present day, and examines Jonson's theatre in relation to 20th- and 21st-century traditions of performance. It argues that although Jonsonian traditions are rarely acknowledged, they are vibrant and powerful forces that are very much alive today in the theatre of writers and directors as diverse as Caryl Churchill, David Mamet, Spike Lee, John Arden, Alan Ayckbourn and Peter Barnes. The book opens with essays on "Poetaster", "Sejanus", "Bartholomew Fair", "The New Inn" and "The Magnetic Lady" - each of which interrogates, in a variety of ways, the notion of "Jonsonian" theatre and considers the relationships of Jonson's theatre to classical traditions, to his contemporaries in England and Europe, and to modern performance practice and theory. The second section of the book includes essays on "The Sons of Ben" (including Richard Brome) Aphra Behn and "Daughters of Ben" (women working in the theatre in the post-Restoration period). The book concludes with an extensive section devoted to modern day Jonsonians, exploring how reading their work as Jonsonian might alter perceptions of contemporary theatre, and how seeing them as contemporary "Jonsonians" might affect our understanding of Jonson's theatre.

chapter 1|10 pages


Edited ByBrian Woolland

part I|56 pages

Jonsonian Theatre

chapter 2|14 pages

Poetaster: Jonson and his Audience

ByRichard A. Cave

chapter 3|15 pages

Sejanus his Fall: Does Arruntius Cry at Night?

Edited ByBrian Woolland

chapter 4|8 pages

Bartholomew Fair: All the Fun of the Fair

ByPeter Barnes

part II|54 pages

Sons and Daughters of Ben

chapter 6|23 pages

The Playwriting Sons of Ben: Nathan Field and Richard Brome

ByRichard Allen Cave

chapter 7|14 pages

‘This Play will be mine A[rse]’: Aphra Behn’s Jonsonian Negotiations

ByCarolyn D. Williams

chapter 8|14 pages

Daughters of Ben

ByAlison Findlay

part III|108 pages

Jonsonians in the Modem Period

chapter 9|13 pages

Embarrassments to the Tidy Mind: John Arden and Ben Jonson

ByStephen Lacey

chapter 11|14 pages

His very own Ben: Peter Barnes and Ben Jonson

Edited ByBrian Woolland

chapter 13|16 pages

‘Real but not Realistic’: Alan Ayckbourn and Ben Jonson

ByRichard Cave

chapter 14|26 pages

Tricksters, Hucksters and Suckers: Jonsonian Cinema

Edited ByBrian Woolland