Posts Tagged ‘Ben Jonson’


Ben Jonson’s Walk to Scotland: Book Review

November 20, 2015

The latest issue of Literature & History (2015; 24.2), which is currently open access, contains a book review by Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) of Ben Jonson’s Walk to Scotland: An Annotated Edition of the ‘Foot Voyage’ (Cambridge University Press, 2015):

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Ben Jonson Walking Online @BenJonsonsWalk

July 10, 2013

Follow Ben Jonson now via twitter, facebook and a blog

as he walks to Scotland!

8 July to 5 October 2013

“In early July of 1618 Ben Jonson – famous poet and dramatist, favourite of King James and friend to William Shakespeare – set out on foot for his ancestral Scotland. He reached Edinburgh in September, and spent several months in James’s northern kingdom. He was greeted as a celebrity, widely feted, and enjoyed the hospitality of prominent Scots including William Drummond of Hawthornden, who recorded as much as he could of Jonson’s gossipy and provocative conversation.”


British Academy Annual Shakespeare Lecture This Week

April 29, 2012

Shakespeare and the Reformation

Professor Brian Cummings

Tuesday 1 May 2012, 6.00pm
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Religion is the last great mystery of Shakespeare studies. For most of the last century he was regarded as a quintessentially secular author, and attributing religious belief to him was a kind of blasphemy. In the past few years a counter-argument has been made, associating Shakespeare with the recusant Catholicism of Elizabethan England. Such issues have run aground in the frustrating remains of his personal biography. This lecture asks whether we could take a different approach to the legacy of the Reformation in Shakespeare. Rather than seeking the miasma of individual faith as a key to dramatic meaning, it investigates instead the burden of religious change and controversy on fundamental questions of identity and the human body. Looking at a variety of different plays, it shows how the transformations in the rituals of everyday life are constantly present in the dynamic forces of Shakespeare’s theatre in performance.

About the Speaker
Brian Cummings is Professor of English at the University of Sussex and was founding Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies, 2004-8. He was previously Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and has held visiting fellowships in California and in Munich. His books include The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace (OUP, 2002), and The Book of Common Prayer: the Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 (OUP, 2011).  Currently, he holds a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for 2009-12, researching his next book, The Confessions of Shakespeare. In 2012 he will give the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford University on ‘Bibliophobia’.

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There will also be a panel discussion on April 30th devoted to Ben Jonson: A Re-assessment – now fully booked.


Ben Jonson Reviewed

June 3, 2011

The latest issue of Notes & Queries (58.2) contains two book reviews from Johann Gregory (Cardiff University).

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Julie Sanders (ed.), Ben Jonson in Context


Lynn S. Meskill, Ben Jonson and Envy


Bartholomew Fair in Aberystwyth

August 20, 2010

20 Fri Aug Gwe Aws 7:45pm 21 Sat Aug Sad Aws 7:45pm

Bartholomew Fair

By Ben Jonson

Castaway Community Theatre

“A contemporary and highly accessible interpretation of this flamboyant, bawdy and gorgeously irreverent classic… a right raucous night out is promised! Bartholmew Fair is a fast paced, classic Jacobean comedy. Dripping with biting satire, the play takes the temperature of English city life in 1614 at celebratory event where all social distinctions are brought together… the fair.

A maze of galloping plots interweave as the events of a day at the fair unravel. Moving it all along are a veritable pot pourri of wonderfully named characters – from the prim ‘Dame Purecraft’ to the more worldly ‘Punk Alice’! Jonson’s wickedly funny satirical comedy takes a huge swipe at English society and class divide.”

“Castaway have once again brought us a fantastic show, something of which the community can be proud of” THEATRE IN WALES ON WYRD SISTERS

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Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) will be reviewing this for the journal Cahiers Élisabéthains.

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