Parsing the City: Jonson, Middleton, Dekker, and City Comedy's London as Language

1st Edition

Heather Easterling

Routledge
Published September 11, 2014
Reference - 210 Pages
ISBN 9780415541879 - CAT# Y137973
Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Summary

Parsing the City updates our understanding of Jacobean city comedy’s discursive role in its London society. Working with three major plays by Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, this book develops an updated reading of Jacobean city comedy as a dramatic subgenre whose engagement with early modern London was centrally linguistic and semiotic-- its plays staging and interrogating the city as a series of languages and language problems.

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