“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… 
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