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language of seduction in Ben Jonson's "Volpone"

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1997
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Ben Jonson's Volpone has attracted audiences since its first performance in 1606. This powerful work continues to present interesting problems for critics and teachers. Recent discourse-based critical approaches to literary works, based on the work of Heidegger, Kristeva, and Cixous, promise to reveal imaginative uses of the English language by Jonson in Volpone. The seductive figures of speech work in creating the dramatic interest of the characters and spiralling audience investment. What the audience members think they feel about the characters depends on Jonson's genius behind it all. Jonson used English for innovative seductive effects: for example, "Shall I make you a poultice?" (3.2.96) examined rhetorically and grammatically reveals seductive intent. By analyzing in detail the seductive aspects of the language of the play as if heard for the first time, a discourse-based analysis returns the beginnings of seductive dramatic effects to their creator, Jonson, who in Volpone creates multiple meanings of seduction.
Title: The language of seduction in Ben Jonson's "Volpone".
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Name(s): Freeman, David Theodore.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Faraci, Mary, Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1997
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 70 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Ben Jonson's Volpone has attracted audiences since its first performance in 1606. This powerful work continues to present interesting problems for critics and teachers. Recent discourse-based critical approaches to literary works, based on the work of Heidegger, Kristeva, and Cixous, promise to reveal imaginative uses of the English language by Jonson in Volpone. The seductive figures of speech work in creating the dramatic interest of the characters and spiralling audience investment. What the audience members think they feel about the characters depends on Jonson's genius behind it all. Jonson used English for innovative seductive effects: for example, "Shall I make you a poultice?" (3.2.96) examined rhetorically and grammatically reveals seductive intent. By analyzing in detail the seductive aspects of the language of the play as if heard for the first time, a discourse-based analysis returns the beginnings of seductive dramatic effects to their creator, Jonson, who in Volpone creates multiple meanings of seduction.
Identifier: 9780591311228 (isbn), 15377 (digitool), FADT15377 (IID), fau:12144 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1997.
Subject(s): Jonson, Ben,--1573?-1637--Criticism and interpretation.
Jonson, Ben,--1573?-1637.--Volpone.
Seduction in literature.
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