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Ben Jonson Conference

Poster for 2016 Ben Jonson Conference

This conference is our first bi-annual event on early modern verse drama by Shakespeare's contemporaries, and will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the 1616 folio publication of Ben Jonson's Workes. We're including papers that examine some aspect of one or more of the play-texts found within this volume, but also topics involving Jonson's works in performance or Jonson's influence on seventeenth-century print culture.

The conference will be held at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse (499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308) on September 23 and 24, 2016. With the assistance of the University Press of North Georgia, we plan to publish a selection of papers from the proceedings.

Promotional poster for Ben Jonson season at RTC

Our evening activities will include a pair of Jonson's plays, The Alchemist and Volpone, produced especially for conference attendees by the Resurgens Theatre Company.

Promotional poster for Ben Jonson season at RTC

David L. Gants
Associate Professor of English
Florida State University
Editor, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America

Head shot of David Gants
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590 West Peachtree Street NW

Atlanta, Georgia, 30308

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10:00-10:30—Registration and coffee
10:30-11:30—Welcome, opening remarks, and backstage tour of the Shakespeare Tavern
11:30-12:30First session: Dan Mills (University of Georgia), “Paratexts and the Printing of Jonson’s First Folio” and Joseph Kelly (Georgia State University), “Thematic Irony in Ben Jonson’s Volpone and The Alchemist.” Steve Pearson (University of North Georgia), moderator
1:30-2:30Second session: Matt Smith (University of Alabama), “‘Nay, I Shall Have Law’: Treason and the Spaces of Dissent in Sejanus” and James Ross Macdonald (University of the South-Sewanee), “Catholic Oppositional Thinking in Cynthia’s Revels.” Brian Corrigan (University of North Georgia), moderator
2:30-3:30Third session: Fran Chalfant (University of West Georgia), “A Topographical Look at Jonson’s London” and Christopher Foley (University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast), “Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist and the Uneven Social Distribution of Environmental Hazard in Early Modern London.” James Hirsh (Georgia State University), moderator

7:30—Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist, Resurgens Theatre Company


10:00-10:30—Registration and coffee
10:30-11:30—Q&A session with Resurgens actors
11:30-12:30Plenary address: David Gants (Florida State University), “Remarks on Editing Jonson’s First Folio
1:30-2:30Fourth session: Fran Teague (University of Georgia), “Machiavelli, Jonson, and ‘the Sports of Love’” and Richard Peterson (University of Connecticut), “Sidney and Jonson: An Unlikely Influence, a Partial Similarity.” Brent Griffin (University of North Georgia), moderator
2:30-3:30Fifth session: Nicole Sheriko (Rutgers University), “Ben Jonson and Early Modern Puppet Theater” and James Hirsh (Georgia State University), “Soliloquies in Volpone: An Empirical Approach.” Joe Falocco (Texas State University), moderator

7:30—Ben Jonson’s Volpone, Resurgens Theatre Company

You can access the registration form here: UNG Ben Jonson First Folio Quadricentennial Conference.

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