The Duchess of Malfi and Other Plays

Author: John Webster
Publisher: Digireads.Com
ISBN: 9781420949483
Category: Drama
Page: 316
View: 6645
John Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi" is a macabre and tragic play written between 1612 and 1613. Misuse of power, revenge, deception, cruelty, and corruption are among the many themes that run throughout this work. The work is set in the court of Malfi, in reality Amalfi in Italy, and concerns the story of the titular Duchess who is recently widowed and falls in love with Antonio, a lowly steward. However the Duchess' family, wishing her to not split up her inheritance, forbids the union. Also included in this volume are three other plays by John Webster. "The White Devil" is a revenge tragedy loosely based on the murder of Vittoria Accoramboni in Padua on December 22, 1585. "The Devil's Law Case" is the story of Romelio, a prominent merchant of Naples, and Contarino, a young nobleman indebted to the merchant, who hopes to marry Romelio's sister Jolenta. Lastly in "A Cure for a Cuckold" we have a work co-authored by John Webster and William Rowley. The story takes place at the wedding of Justice Woodroff's daughter Annabel with her suitor Bonvile, whose wedding night is interrupted when Bonvile's friend Lessingham asks Bonvile to second him in a duel. This collection brings together the best works of English Jacobean dramatist and Shakespearean contemporary John Webster.

The Duchess of Malfi

Author: John Webster
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472571592
Category: Drama
Page: 192
View: 6304
A major revision of this classic revenge tragedy. The comprehensive introduction covers recent developments in criticism and key theatre productions, as well as relating the play to other early modern tragedies. The edition gives students and teachers a reliable, annotated text and a stimulating overview of the play's context, critical perspectives and an exploration of its stage history. An invaluable resource for study and performance.

John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi

Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Chelsea House Pub
Category: Drama
Page: 144
View: 1574
A collection of essays on Webster's tragic drama "The Duchess of Malfi" arranged in chronological order of publication.

The Selected Plays of John Webster

The White Devil, The Duchess of Malfi, The Devil's Law Case
Author: John Webster
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521271035
Category: Drama
Page: 380
View: 6749
This volume includes freshly collated, fully annotated and cross-referenced texts of John Webster's three best-known plays.

The Duchess of Malfi's Apricots, and Other Literary Fruits

Author: Robert Palter
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570034176
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 872
View: 7551
The sensuous richness and bawdy ridiculousness of fruits are a regular feature of literature, from the Bible and ancient Greek plays to Arabic court poetry and medieval and modern prose and verse. This attractive and substantial volume revels in the luxurious fruity metaphors of the past with chapters dedicated to particular fruits and their literary double meanings through the ages. Palter begins with apples and figs and picks his way through strawberries (and cream), plums, bananas, peaches, apricots, pomegranates, pears, pineapples, citrus fruits, melons, cherries, grapes and berries. He also looks at wine, orchards and gardens and the enemies of fruit. The volume is full of poetry and prose, demonstrating how authors have used fruit to describe much about the human experience, particularly sex, love and desire. The chapters also look at the place of each fruit in kitchens through the ages, as they evolved from being an exotic to a more everyday food, and their perceived medicinal properties. This is a lovely book, well worth a dip.

The Duchess of Malfi

A critical guide
Author: Christina Luckyj
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441117687
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
View: 2949
John Webster's classic revenge tragedy The Duchess of Malfi was first performed in 1613 and published in 1623. This guide offers students an introduction to its critical and performance history, including recent versions on stage and screen. It includes a keynote chapter outlining major areas of current research on the play and four new critical essays presenting new critical positions that offer divergent perspectives on Webster's religio-political allegiances and the politics and gendering of secrecy in the play. Finally, a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an annotated bibliography provide a basis for further individual research.

Shakespeare and Co.

Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story
Author: Stanley Wells
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141912235
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 304
View: 911
'Enjoyable, lively ... such a pleasure to read ... renders the drama of Shakespeare’s contemporaries more than fringe entertainment’ Independent Shakespeare is one of the greatest of all English figures, considered a genius for all time. Yet as this enthralling book shows, he was at heart a man of the theatre, one among a community of artists in the teeming world of Renaissance London – from the enigmatic spy Christopher Marlowe to the self-aggrandizing Ben Jonson, from the actor Richard Burbage to the brilliant Thomas Middleton. By bringing Shakespeare’s contemporaries to life, Shakespeare & Co throws fresh new light on the man himself. ‘Warm, cheerful, generous ... Wells sketches a whole gallery of Shakespeare’s fellow playwrights ... He brings each vividly to life, making you feel that you’ve met them personally in some Blackfriars tavern’ Simon Callow ‘It was a time and place teeming with excitement, anecdote and incident, and Wells, in this richly enjoyable work, brings it to life with a novelist’s sense of the telling detail’ Dominic Dromgoole ‘Enthralling’ Observer ‘This is one of the most sane and exciting books on Shakespeare I have read for a long time’ Scotland on Sunday

The Country Wife and Other Plays

Author: William Wycherley
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191611425
Category: Drama
Page: 528
View: 3056
Wycherley's four comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humour, vivid characterization, and social criticism.Love in a Wood, a lively comedy of intrigue, established him as a brilliant new dramatist.The Gentleman Dancing-Master, in contrast, disappointed contemporary audiences, but the central relationship between Hippolyta and Gerrard features an original and sympathetic study of a young woman's attitudes and feelings. The Country Wife is a sharp but also highly amusing attack on social and sexual hypocrisy. The Plain Dealer, a powerful dramatic satire loosely based on Moliere's Le Misanthrope, continues and enlarges Wycherley's assault on greed and corruption. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction, a note on staging, and detailed annotation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Curs'd example

The Duchess of Malfi and commonweal tragedy
Author: Joyce E. Peterson
Publisher: Olympic Marketing Corp
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 122
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"The Duchess of Malfi, the White Devil, the Broken Heart and 'Tis Pity She's A W

Author: John Webster,John Ford
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780141392233
Category: English drama
Page: 640
View: 646
'Oh, that I were a man, or that I had power To execute my apprehended wishes, I would whip some with scorpions.' Seen as anarchic and amoral in their time, these four tragedies of murder and politics continue to resonate with their dark, horrific vision of humanity. Featuring strangulations, poisonings, stabbings and incest, the plays explore violence, transgression and destructive sexual jealousy, while also satirising the dangerous times in which they were written. This new edition illuminates Webster's and Ford's plays further by putting them in context with one another, highlighting the complexity of their morally ambiguous female protagonists. Edited with an introduction by Jane Kingsley-Smith

The Duchess of Malfi

Seven Masterpieces of Jacobean Drama
Author: Frank Kermode
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0679642439
Category: Drama
Page: 647
View: 2955
An intriguing anthology of eight great dramatic works--including six lyrical tragedies and two urban comedies--performed during the early seventeenth-century reign of King James includes Thomas Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness, Ben Jonson's Volpone, The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, and others. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Der Hofmann

Author: Baldassare Castiglione
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
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The Duchess of Malfi
Author: Clifford Leech
Publisher: N.A
Category: Drama
Page: 64
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The White devil and The Duchess of Malfi

Author: Richard Allen Cave
Publisher: Macmillan Pub Ltd
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 74
View: 3852

The Duchess of Malfi

A Play - Scholar's Choice Edition
Author: Charles Edwyn Vaughan,John Webster
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781293993798
Page: 182
View: 9925
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Summons of Death on the Medieval and Renaissance English Stage

Author: Phoebe S. Spinrad
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
ISBN: 0814204430
Category: Civilization, Medieval, in literature
Page: 334
View: 5009

The Duchess of Malfi

John Webster
Author: Dympna Callaghan
Publisher: MacMillan
ISBN: 9780333614273
Category: Brothers and sisters
Page: 225
View: 1326
In The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster reworked the idea of a female tragic protagonist explored in his earlier and less well-received play The White Devil. In the play, which is still much performed today, Webster addresses questions of court corruption, political scandal and the most important issue of the status of women in Jacobean England. This selection of essays looks at many of the issues that are raised by The Duchess of Malfi, including marriage and morality, sexual politics and female sexuality, providing analyses of this quintessential Jacobean tragedy.

Fast im Jenseits

Oder warum Gott Frankenstein liest
Author: David Eagleman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783833308031
Page: 142
View: 9488

John Webster, The duchess of malfi

Author: The Open University
Publisher: The Open University
ISBN: 1473001064
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 49
View: 4354
Through The Duchess of Malfi Acts 1 and 2, this 12-hour free course explored marriage for love in the Malfi court and the consequent social conflicts.

Between Worlds

A Study of the Plays of John Webster
Author: Dena Goldberg
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 0889208050
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 176
View: 6370
“Webster’s iconoclasm was not the lonely experience of an alienated intellectual, but part of his generation’s struggle to create the future. As such, the critical energy we find in the plays was sustained, not by ideological certainty, but rather by interaction with the great complexity of thought and action—much of it negative—that constitutes a pre-revolutionary movement. If Webster was part of a dying culture, he was also—and it is this that Webster criticism has almost consistently ignored—a member of the generation that prepared the way for the revolution of 1640” (Introduction). Through detailed analysis of four plays, The White Devil, The Duchess of Malfi, The Devil’s Law Case, and Appius and Virginia, Goldberg explores the relations between Webster and aspects of Jacobean social and intellectual history. Webster’s satire of princes and prelates, his iconoclastic view of traditional philosophy, his trenchant analysis of institutions are seen as part of an intellectual movement that was undermining faith in the old order. Special attention is given to Webster’s theatrical representations of legal practice and legal philosophy as key manifestations of the realities of political power. Webster’s dramatizations of the judgment situation are shown to embody specific commentary on the legal system of his time, commentary that ranges in orientation from anarchist to reformist to revolutionary. Webster’s irreverence for traditional ideals and institutions combines with a humanist sense of man’s—and woman’s—potential to make an important contribution to the pre–revolutionary movement.