Event Title

P-55 Gender, Family, and Morality in Ben Jonson’s Volpone

Presenter Information

Shanelle Kim, Andrews University

Location

Buller Hallway

Start Date

3-6-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

3-6-2015 4:00 PM

Description

Ben Jonson’s Volpone (1606) diagnoses social ills arising from the proto-capitalist culture of his time. The two distinct embodiments of moral good in Jonson’s play, Celia and Bonario, prove ineffective in battling emerging value transformations associated with money; in part, their failure derives from systemic fissures in Early Modern understandings of the family unit and gender roles. My project combines a close reading of Celia and Bonario as dramatized in Jonson’s play alongside a careful analysis of sixteenth-century conduct books that articulate understandings of the family unit and gender roles during a time of proto-capitalist transition.

Acknowledgments

J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar, Undergraduate Research Scholar, and Earhart Emerging Scholar

Advisor: L. Monique Pittman, English

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P-55 Gender, Family, and Morality in Ben Jonson’s Volpone

Buller Hallway

Ben Jonson’s Volpone (1606) diagnoses social ills arising from the proto-capitalist culture of his time. The two distinct embodiments of moral good in Jonson’s play, Celia and Bonario, prove ineffective in battling emerging value transformations associated with money; in part, their failure derives from systemic fissures in Early Modern understandings of the family unit and gender roles. My project combines a close reading of Celia and Bonario as dramatized in Jonson’s play alongside a careful analysis of sixteenth-century conduct books that articulate understandings of the family unit and gender roles during a time of proto-capitalist transition.