Jonson Versus Bakhtin: Carnival and the Grotesque

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Ben Jonson has often been accused of needless erudition and of a morose refusal to join in the festive spirit. Further aggravation has come from the application of Bakhtin's theory of carnival, especially in its posthumous form as a political allegory portraying the clash of high and low cultures. In an attempt to turn the tables on this tradition, Jonson Versus Bakhtin goes back to the sources, arguing that Jonson's theatre allows for an original interpretation of the grotesque as a formal culture of antithesis and ...

Jonson Versus Bakhtin: Carnival and the Grotesque 2003, Editions Rodopi B.V., Leiden

ISBN-13: 9789042011748

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