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Reading MasquesThe English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century$
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Lauren Shohet

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199295890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.001.0001

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The Masque and the News

The Masque and the News

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Reading Masques

Lauren Shohet (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines masques in the context of publicity, information, and evolving forms of public opinion. Public encounters with the masque reveal the early history of ‘news’, the circulation of masque texts and information about masques constituting one element of the news trade that flourished prior to legalization. This chapter explores the news information that could be deduced from accounts of masques and entertainments. It also analyzes three of Jonson's 1620s court masques—News from the New World, Pan's Anniversary, and The Masque of Augurs—whose ridicule of news and public opinion indexes their emergence as a force requiring courtly response.

Keywords:   masque, news, public opinion, public, Ben Jonson, News from the New World, Pan's Anniversary, The Masque of Augurs

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