The Duchess of Malfi and Other Plays

Author: John Webster
Publisher: Digireads.Com
ISBN: 9781420949483
Category: Drama
Page: 316
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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: 1472571835
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 192
View: 8859
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.

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: 3083
'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: 948
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.

John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi

Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Chelsea House Pub
Category: Drama
Page: 144
View: 4193
A collection of essays on Webster's tragic drama "The Duchess of Malfi" arranged in chronological order of publication.

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: 7565

The Duchess of Malfi

Seven Masterpieces of Jacobean Drama
Author: Frank Kermode
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0679642439
Category: Drama
Page: 647
View: 6574
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.

John Webster, The duchess of malfi

Author: The Open University
Publisher: The Open University
ISBN: 1473001064
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 49
View: 9011
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.

"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: 1357
'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

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

A critical guide
Author: Christina Luckyj
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441117687
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
View: 4920
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.

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: 5064
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.

Male Friendship in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

Author: Thomas MacFaul
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139464418
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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Renaissance Humanism developed a fantasy of friendship in which men can be absolutely equal to one another, but Shakespeare and other dramatists quickly saw through this rhetoric and developed their own ideas about friendship more firmly based on a respect for human difference. They created a series of brilliant and varied fictions for human connection, as often antagonistic as sympathetic, using these as a means for individuals to assert themselves in the face of social domination. Whilst the fantasy of equal and permanent friendship shaped their thinking, dramatists used friendship most effectively as a way of shaping individuality and its limitations. Dealing with a wide range of Shakespeare's plays and poems, and with many works of his contemporaries, this study gives readers a deeper insight into a crucial aspect of Shakespeare's culture and his use of it in art.

Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean

Author: Barbara Fuchs,Emily Weissbourd
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 144264902X
Category: History
Page: 282
View: 4619
Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean explores representations of national, racial, and religious identities within a region dominated by the clash of empires. Bringing together studies of English, Spanish, Italian, and Ottoman literature and cultural artifacts, the volume moves from the broadest issues of representation in the Mediterranean to a case study – early modern England – where the “Mediterranean turn” has radically changed the field. The essays in this wide-ranging literary and cultural study examine the rhetoric which surrounds imperial competition in this era, ranging from poems commemorating the battle of Lepanto to elaborately adorned maps of contested frontiers. They will be of interest to scholars in fields such as history, comparative literary studies, and religious studies.

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: 8174
This volume includes freshly collated, fully annotated and cross-referenced texts of John Webster's three best-known plays.

Our Dramatic Heritage: The Golden Age

Author: Philip George Hill
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838631072
Category: Drama
Page: 624
View: 9471
This book is the second in a multi-volume series that illustrates the development of European drama from its beginning in ancient Greece to the mid-twentieth century. The full flowering of the Renaissance, the "Golden Age, " is reserved for this volume with the plays of England, Spain, and France setting the high standard by which European drama has been measured ever since.

John Webster, Renaissance Dramatist

Author: David Coleman
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748687009
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 176
View: 8919
This introduction locates Webster's plays within the context of the culture from which they sprang. Examining the uncertain political, religious, and economic climate of Jacobean London, the book offers a guide to one of the most distinctive, yet most elu

Webster: The Tragedies

The Tragedies
Author: Kate Aughterson
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 113715201X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 288
View: 6070
Webster's theatre was also Shakespeare's theatre: but their tragedies are very different. Webster has a reputation for angst-ridden, obsessive and debased characters and the creation of a sick and decaying world. Yet his heroines are the amongst the strongest characters, male or female, in Jacobean drama. This book shows how Webster's plays portray a world in which patriarchal, aristocratic politics are dissected as diseased. Through close analysis of key moments, scenic and dramatic structure, characterisation, theatricality and imagery, this book enables students to appreciate Webster's individual contribution to our dramatic heritage. Through such textual reading, we learn how he uses drama to debate contemporary political and social issues, most explicitly those of gender. The book provides students with effective reading, critical and analytical tools with which to approach Webster's plays as dramatic scripts for our time, as well as their own, and thus as rivals to Shakespeare's major tragedies.

Tragedy and Tragicomedy in the Plays of John Webster

Author: Jacqueline Pearson
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719007866
Category: Tragicomedy
Page: 151
View: 5784