Shakespeare & Jonson/Jonson & Shakespeare /
Russ McDonald.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1988.
ix, 239 p.
0803231164 (alk. paper)
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1988.
0803231164 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 189-229.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-02:
McDonald does what should be done periodically in all areas of scholarship. He takes an accepted and perhaps oversimplified view, such as Shakespeare the natural romantic and Jonson the classical satirist, and attempts to modify and state more precisely these supposed antitheses through a reexamination of selected works by both authors. One of his points is that by paying attention to form and theme, as opposed to mere comic tone, we can see Shakespeare and Jonson dealing with similar issues in sometimes comparable ways. That two dramatic artists with professional connections have some points in common should come as no surprise, but McDonald's discussion of them makes a useful corrective to standard views. He shows that the idealized worlds of Shakespeare's romances and Jonson's masques, for example, can be seen as differing largely because of formal differences between play and masque. The book will be used mainly by advanced students and scholars, who will find the notes to be a handy review of scholarship on the subject. -R. E. Burkhart, Eastern Kentucky University
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