“Look No More”: Jonson's Catiline and the Politics of Enargeia

  title={“Look No More”: Jonson's Catiline and the Politics of Enargeia},
  author={Joseph Mansky},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={332 - 350}
  • Joseph Mansky
  • Published 1 March 2019
  • History
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
In his play Catiline His Conspiracy, Ben Jonson allegorizes Cicero's fight to save the Roman Republic as a battle against the kind of spectacular drama that, Jonson claimed, his audiences so enjoyed. This metatheatrical polemic hinges on the rhetorical technique of enargeia: the power of language to conjure an image. For the early moderns, enargeia resolved the “paradox of representation”—the contradiction between “making present” and “standing for”—by subordinating visual presence to verbal… Expand
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