Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Ben Jonson: A Re-assessment

6.00pm - 7.30pm, followed by a drinks reception
Monday, 30 April 2012
Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Like all Shakespeare’s contemporaries, Ben Jonson has often been overshadowed by the Bard, but this larger-than-life character has variously been described as “Britain’s first literary celebrity” and “the dominant literary figure of his day”.

Two major new studies are helping to reassert the importance of his place amongst the greatest of the Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists. First came a major new biography, Ian Donaldson’s Ben Jonson – A Life, published by OUP in October, and this will be followed in the early summer by the long awaited Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson, edited by Donaldson, David Bevington and Martin Butler – the result of more than 15 years’ detailed research, some of which the British Academy has helped to fund.

This panel discussion brings these authors together from three different continents to reappraise Jonson’s importance in the literary canon in a special event supported by both Oxford and Cambridge University Presses.

Professor Ian Donaldson FBA (University of Melbourne)
Professor Martin Butler (University of Leeds)
Professor David Bevington FBA (University of Chicago)
Professor Jonathan Bate FBA (University of Oxford)

Attendance is free, but registration is required for this event. Please visit our website: www.britac.ac.uk/events.


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