Jonson's Masque markets and problems of literary ownership

Scott, Alison V. (2007) Jonson's Masque markets and problems of literary ownership. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 47 2: 451-471.

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Author Scott, Alison V.
Title Jonson's Masque markets and problems of literary ownership
Journal name Studies in English Literature 1500-1900   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-3657
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 47
Issue 2
Start page 451
End page 471
Total pages 21
Editor R. L. Patten
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Language eng
Abstract In printing the texts of his courtly masques—in quarto volumes and then in his 1616 Folio—Jonson risked devaluing them within the patronage networks they were originally produced for. Nevertheless, Jonson used the stigmatized medium of print to increase the accessibility of his work, and to assert its value. This article explores that seeming paradox, arguing that Jonson defended the value of his printed masques by reasserting the very qualities that had previously enabled them as patronage "gifts." Even in the stigmatized marketplace of print, Jonson claimed his masques to be luxuries to be possessed only by discriminating consumers.
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