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Ben Jonson [electronic resource]

Films for the Humanities & Sciences
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As arrogant and brash as he was talented and innovative, Ben Jonson lived a life as rife with drama as any of his many plays. He was jailed more than once for staging dramas that satirized the powers that be, and nearly had his ears and nose mutilated after collaborating on a play that lampooned King James I. Friend and colleague of Shakespeare, he is considered by many to have been the first poet laureate of England. This program examines how Jonson's poetry, masques, and plays brought a level of humor, intellect, and formal discipline to English letters that had rarely been seen before. Excerpts from The Alchemist; Every Man in His Humor; Volpone, or the Fox; and Jonson's poetry are included.
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22 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Dec. 21, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Ben Jonson's Influence (1:15)
  • Ben Jonson's Early Life (1:24)
  • Ben Jonson's Early Career (1:23)
  • Ben Jonson's Temper (1:40)
  • Ben Jonson and Comedy of Manners (2:31)
  • Ben Jonson: The Center of Controversy (0:49)
  • Ben Jonson and Tragedy (0:45)
  • Ben Jonson and King James I's Court (2:33)
  • Ben Jonson's Comedies (2:26)
  • Ben Jonson's Poetry and Rise in Status (3:19)
  • Jonson's Later Years, Death, and Legacy (1:27)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c2004.
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33391 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (22 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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