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On DemandWriting for the Market in Early Modern England$
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David Baker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804738569

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804738569.001.0001

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“The Allegory of a China Shop”: Ben Jonson's ‘Entertainment at Britain's Burse’ and ‘Volpone’

“The Allegory of a China Shop”: Ben Jonson's ‘Entertainment at Britain's Burse’ and ‘Volpone’

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(p.93) Chapter Four “The Allegory of a China Shop”: Ben Jonson's ‘Entertainment at Britain's Burse’ and ‘Volpone’
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804738569.003.0004

This chapter, which focuses on Ben Jonson's Entertainment at Britain's Burse (1609), argues that the Entertainment is both a proto-consumerist fantasy and a market analysis. In it, imagination and interrogation are at work together as Jonson explores the epistemic conundrums of Asian trade.

Keywords:   masques, Asian trade, consumerist fantasy, market analysis

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