The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0654 Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Date: Friday, 28 Sep 2007 12:44:44 -0400
Subject: New Publication: Masques of Difference
I'm pleased to announce the publication of Masques of Difference: Four
Court Masques by Ben Jonson, by Manchester University Press, which I
edited for their Student Revels series. Publication date in the UK is
September 30 and December 7 in the US. Here's the jacket copy:
Masques of Difference presents an annotated edition of four
seventeenth-century entertainments written by Ben Jonson for the court
of James I. These masques reflect both the confidence and the anxieties
of the English aristocracy at a time when notions of monarchy, empire
and national identity were being radically redefined. All four masques
reflect the royal court's self-representation as moral, orderly and
just, in contrast to stylised images of chaotically (and exotically)
'othered' groups - Africans, the Irish, witches, and the homoeroticised
figure of the Gypsy.
This edition presents two masques that have received recent attention in
the classroom - The Masque of Blackness and The Masque of Queens - and
two that have never before been anthologised for the student reader -
The Irish Masque at Court and The Masque of the Gypsies Metamorphosed.
This anthology offers students the latest in scholarship and critical
theory, and provides essential clues for understanding the ideologies
that shaped many of the modern structures of English culture.
The series general editor is David Bevington, to whom thanks, and ever
Further info can be accessed here:
Associate Professor of English
Central Michigan University
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