The Duchess of Malfi

A critical guide
Author: Christina Luckyj
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441117687
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
View: 2527
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

Fifth Edition
Author: John Webster
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN: 9781472520654
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 192
View: 5761
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.

The Duchess of Malfi

Author: John Webster
Publisher: N.A
Page: 152
View: 2160
"The Duchess of Malfi" was published in 1623, but the date of writing may have been as early as 1611. It is based on a story in Painter's "Palace of Pleasure," translated from the Italian novelist, Bandello; and it is entirely possible that it has a foundation in fact. In any case, it portrays with a terrible vividness one side of the court life of the Italian Renaissance; and its picture of the fierce quest of pleasure, the recklessness of crime, and the worldliness of the great princes of the Church finds only too ready corroboration in the annals of the time ...

Study and Revise for AS/A-level: The Duchess of Malfi

Author: Peter Morrisson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1471854051
Category: Education
Page: 104
View: 9080
Enable students to achieve their best grade in AS/A-level English Literature with this year-round course companion; designed to instil in-depth textual understanding as students read, analyse and revise The Duchess of Malfi throughout the course. This Study and Revise guide: - Increases students' knowledge of The Duchess of Malfi as they progress through the detailed commentary and contextual information written by experienced teachers and examiners - Develops understanding of characterisation, themes, form, structure and language, equipping students with a rich bank of textual examples to enhance their coursework and exam responses - Builds critical and analytical skills through challenging, thought-provoking questions and tasks that encourage students to form their own personal responses to the text - Extends learning and prepares students for higher-level study by introducing critical viewpoints, comparative references to other literary works and suggestions for independent research - Helps students maximise their exam potential using clear explanations of the Assessment Objectives, sample student answers and examiner insights - Improves students' extended writing techniques through targeted advice on planning and structuring a successful essay

The Duchess of Malfi

John Webster
Author: Dympna Callaghan
Publisher: MacMillan
ISBN: 9780333614273
Category: Brothers and sisters
Page: 225
View: 371
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.

Webster: The Tragedies

The Tragedies
Author: Kate Aughterson
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 113715201X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 288
View: 3072
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.

The White Devil

The Duchess of Malfi ; The Devil's Law-case ; A Cure for a Cuckold
Author: John Webster,René Weis
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192834539
Category: Drama
Page: 438
View: 4895
This volume offers John Webster's two great Jacobean tragedies, The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, together with his brilliant tragicomedy, The Devil's Law-Case, and the comedy written with William Rowley, A Cure for a Cuckold. Webster is a radically and creatively experimental dramatist. His tragedies deploy shifting dramatic perspectives which counteract and challenge conventional moral judgements, while the predominantly gentler tone of his comedies and tragicomedies responds inventively to contemporary changes in dramatic taste and fashion. All four plays display the provocative intelligence of a profoundly original playwright. 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 detailed annotation, a glossary, and a critical introduction which traces Webster's artistic development, defends him against charges of overindulgence in violence, and explores his sophisticated staging and scenic forms.

The Mystery of the Duchess of Malfi

Author: Barbara Banks Amendola
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780750928403
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 250
View: 9121
This book traces her tragic life, the controversy of her secret marriage to her servant lover, and the wrath of her wicked Cardinal brother, amid the culture of fifteenth century Italy.

Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy

Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge
Author: Brigitte Steger,Angelika Koch
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 3643903197
Category: Social Science
Page: 229
View: 8672
Japan's gender roles are in turmoil. Traditional life courses for men and women are still presented as role models, but there is an increasing range of gender choices for those uncomfortable with convention. This collection of studies from the University of Cambridge provides fascinating insights into the diversity of gendered images, identities, and life-styles in contemporary Japan - from manga girls to herbivore boys, from absent fathers to transgender people. (Series: Japanese Studies / Japanologie - Vol. 3)

Oxford Student Texts: The White Devil

Author: John Webster
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780198310747
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 272
View: 1675
One of a series, this one concentrating on the play by John Webster.

'Tis Pity She's A Whore

John Ford
Author: John Ford
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134944489
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 176
View: 3746
The last decade has seen a revival of interest in John Ford and especially 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, his tragedy of religious scepticism, incestuous love, and revenge. This text in particular has provided a focus for scholarship as well as being the subject of a number of major theatrical productions. Simon Barker guides the reader through the full range of previous interpretations of the play; moving from an overview of traditional readings he goes on to enlarge upon new questions that have arisen as a consequence of critical and cultural theory.

The Duchess of Malfi

Author: John Webster,Leah Marcus
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1904271510
Category: Drama
Page: 430
View: 2681
The Duchess of Malfi is one of the major tragedies of theearly modern period and remains popular in the theatre as well as inthe classroom. The story of the Duchess's secret marriage and the cruelrevenge of her brothers has fascinated and appalled audiences forcenturies. This new Arden edition offers readers a comprehensive, illustratedintroduction to the play's historical, critical and performancehistory. The text is modernised and edited to the highest scholarlystandards, with textual notes and commentary notes on the same page forease of reference. This is the lead title in the launch of The Arden Early ModernDrama Series, a series which offers all the depth and quality ofthinking long associated with the Arden. The edition will be valued bystudents, teachers and theatre professionals.


Author: John Brannigan
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780582329119
Page: 112
View: 5048
Building on the formula of York Notes, this Advanced series introduces students to more sophisticated analysis and wider critical perspectives. The notes enable students to appreciate contrasting interpretations of the text and to develop their own critical thinking. Key features include: study methods; an introduction to the text; summaries with critical notes; themes and techniques; textual analysis of key passages; author biography; historical and literary background; modern and historical critical approaches; chronology; and glossary of literary terms.

Oxford Student Texts: John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

Author: Jackie Moore
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780198325741
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 240
View: 8654
Each book in this established series contains the full and complete text, and is designed to motivate and encourage students who may be writing on these challenging writers for the first time. It contains useful notes to add depth and knowledge to students' understanding, comments to explain literacy and historical allusions, tasks to help students explore themes and issues, and suggestions for further reading.

Myth of the Western

New Perspectives on Hollywood's Frontier Narrative
Author: Matthew (University of Essex University of Essex.) Carter
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748685596
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 257
View: 4928
Myth of the Western re-invigorates the debate surrounding the relationship between the Western and frontier mythology, arguing for the importance of the genreOCOs socio-cultural, historical and political dimensions."e;

The Roaring Girl and Other City Comedies

Author: James Knowles,Thomas Dekker
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192828002
Category: Drama
Page: 414
View: 6976
Thomas Dekker: The Shoemaker's Holiday George Chapman, Ben Jonson, John Marston: Eastward Ho! Ben Jonson: Every Man In His Humour Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker: The Roaring Girl Oxford English Drama offers plays from the sixteenth to the early twentieth centuries in selections that make available both rarely printed and canonical works. The texts are freshly edited using modern spelling. Critical introductions, wide-ranging annotation, and informative bibliographies illuminate the plays' cultural contexts and theatrical potential for reader and performer alike. 'The series should reshape the canon in a number of significant areas. A splendid and imaginative project.' Professor Anne Barton, Cambridge University

The Duchess of Malfi

Author: John Webster
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393614670
Page: N.A
View: 6950

Jump and Other Stories

Author: Nadine Gordimer
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408832631
Category: Fiction
Page: 280
View: 1603
In this collection of sixteen stories, Gordimer brings unforgettable characters from every corner of society to life: a child refugee fleeing civil war in Mozambique; a black activist's deserted wife longing for better times; a rich safari party indulging themselves while lionesses circle their lodge. Jump is a vivid, disturbing and rewarding portrait of life in South Africa under apartheid.

The Duchess of Malfi and Other Plays

Author: John Webster
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780199539284
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 480
View: 9730
This volume offers John Webster's two great Jacobean tragedies, The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, together with his brilliant tragicomedy, The Devil's Law-Case, and the comedy written with William Rowley, A Cure for a Cuckold. All four plays display the provocative intelligence of a profoundly original playwright. A critical introduction defends Webster against charges of over-indulgence in violence, and explores his sophisticated staging and scenic forms.

Skull Beneath the Skin

The Achievement of John Webster
Author: Charles R. Forker
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 9780809312795
Category: Drama
Page: 612
View: 4108
Webster was much possessed by death And saw the skull beneath the skin; And breastless creatures under ground Leaned backward with a lipless grin. These lines from T. S. Eliot's ?Whispers of Immortality” provide Charles R. Forker with the title for the most sub­stantial and detailed examination of John Webster to date; they also identify a ma­jor theme?the love-death nexus in Re­naissance drama and its special relevance to Webster. Forker summarizes what is known about Webster's life and analyzes in de­tail not only the major plays but also the lesser ones. He examines The White De­vil, The Duchess of Malfi, and The Devil's Law-Case in context with the minor and collaborative works, tracing themes, stylistic features, and ideas through the entire Webster canon. One reviewer of the manuscript notes that ?Forker is surely unrivalled as an authority on matters Websterian. His book treats Webster with an unhurried fullness and richness rarely accorded even to Shakespeare.” Another calls the book ?Splendid. Readable and engaging.”