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  • Jonson and the alchemical economy of desire: creation defacement and castration in the 'Alchemist' 

    Authors:Meskill, Sermin Lynn
    Publisher and Date:(Univ Paul Valery, 2002)
    Behind images of Ben Jonson as the virtuous centred stoic writer lie the traces of a morbid fear concerning the fate of the poet's creation and name. The Jonsonian oeuvre reveals a fear of the ultimate defacement and effacement of the writer's ephemeral text. A prophylactic strategy of auto-critique as well as borrowing and even plagiarism from established literary sources point to the desire to control the critical reception of the writer's works and guarantee the terms of his own posterity. In ...