The Living Emblem: Spectacle In "Volpone"

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Donald Richard James (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Lucy Brashear

Abstract: This paper demonstrates that almost every scene in "Volpone" is organized around a "magnetic center." The magnetic center is a person or object towards which characters regularly move or consistently direct their attention. The magnetic center device not only provides a structure for Jonson's spectacle, but also tends to emblemize the scenes by formalizing them.

Additional Information

James, D. (1976). The Living Emblem: Spectacle In "Volpone." Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 1976
Jonson, "Volpone", pictorial symbols, English, representations, emblems, clothing, disguise, ceremony, pageantry

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