Masque | Criticism

F. Paul Wilson
This literature criticism consists of approximately 38 pages of analysis & critique of Masque.
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SOURCE: Introduction to Ben Jonson's Antimasques: A History of Growth and Decline, Ashgate Publishing, 1999, pp. 1-25.

In the following excerpt from a larger study of Jonson's antimasques, Mickel provides an abstract of his argument that Jonson's antimasque is a complex, dialectical response to political and cultural events and thus helps to enforce the ideal of the masque.

This book focuses on the court masques of Ben Jonson, but the sheer number of these masques (there are twenty-eight) makes a selective discussion of them necessary, although I have tried to pick out those masques that seem to be particularly significant for a study of the genre's development. My primary objective in this book is to chart the growth and demise of the antimasque in Jonson's court entertainments, and to explore the way in which they respond to both his poetic aims and their historico-political conditions of production. I will...

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