Tolerance and the City 8th Summer Symposium 2011

Early Modern Comedy in the Urban Arena


Early Modern Comedy in the Urban Arena: From Lyly to Marston

This year's symposium focuses on a sub-genre of Early Modern Comedy, urban comedy,  which is a wider category than the more established term of city comedy, which is closely associated with the satiric comic plays en vogue in London in Jabobean London. City comedy is "a notable slippery concept"(Lee Bliss, 1983:7) whereas urban comedy also includes a range of comedies set in cities and written in response to Classical and Early Modern Italian comedy. The historian of Jacobean city comedy, Brian Gibbons, focused on the particular realism of city comedies and their ability to transform "typical aspects of city life into significant patterns, expressing consciously satiric criticism but also suggesting deeper sources of conflict and change."(2nd ed. 1980: 11) These deeper sources are also tapped in earlier plays and in plays less commonly associated with the market, notably in them is the use of traditional rituals and social change.


Roy Eriksen, University of Agder
Urbanities: Peopled towns and green worlds

Sonja Fielitz, Phillips Universität, Marburg
"Cerebral Anaemia"? Philip Massinger and Caroline City Comedy

Allan Folkestad, University of Agder
John Lyly's Mother Bombie (publ. 1594)

Paul Franssen, Utrecht University
Sites of Transgression

Imke Kimpel, Phillips Universität, Marburg
"Bright with fame and not with fire": Classical Urban Spaces in Elizabethan Comedy

Christina Sandhaug, University of Oslo
A model of Urbanity? Elements of City Comedy in Jonson's antimasques

Jahn Thon, University of Agder
The feudal elite as comedians - Dresden 1669 

John W. Vinje, University of Agder
The Dark Side of The Law: Thomas Middleton's Dark Tragicomedy The Old Law

Richard Wilson, Cardiff University
Spectres of Marlowe: Shakespeare's work or mourning


Host: University of Agder  


contact info:
Early Modern Research Group

Faculty of Humanities, Department of Modern Languages and Translation

Box 422; N – 4604 Kristiansand, Norway