The Fury of Men's Gullets
Ben Jonson and the Digestive CanalUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
248 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: January 1997
- Published: July 2015
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In The Fury of Men's Gullets, Bruce Boehrer explores the poet's fascination with alimentary matters and the ways in which such references describe Jonson's personal and cultural transformation. In his wide-ranging examination of Jonson's plays, prose, and nondramatic verse, Boehrer discusses the sociohistorical significance of food, the politics of conspicuous consumption, the infrastructure of Jacobean London, and pertinent aspects of Renaissance medical practice and physiological theory. The Fury of Men's Gullets uniquely interprets Jonson's construction of early modern English literary sensibility.
"Bruce Thomas Boehrer's resourceful sifting of Jonson's plays focuses on the network of tentacular roots animating their language. His concern to explore the furthest reaches of Jonson's metaphors of writing as ingestion, digestion, and excretion, might even be termed fundamental. It certainly hits pay-dirt."—London Review of Books