The Duchess of Malfi


Author: John Webster,Brian Gibbons
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN: 9780713667912
Category: Drama
Page: 192
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One of the most haunting tragedies written in the Jacobean period, The Duchess of Malfi (1614) adapts the true story of a noble Italian widow who secretly marries her steward and has children with him. Her two brothers, enraged by this act of female self-determination, begin to spy on the happy family, entrap them and subject their sister to fiendish psychological torture before they have her strangled. Unlike his sources, Webster does not condemn the Duchess for lasciviousness, nor does he allow her brothers to live. As the introduction to this edition shows, the play is replete with reverberations of earlier tragedies, most prominently Hamlet and Othello, and has few equals as a skilful and stirring rendition of Jacobean dramatic fashions.

The Duchess of Malfi

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


Author: John Webster,Monica Kendall
Publisher: Longman
ISBN: 9780582817791
Category:
Page: 272
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The best-known of the Jacobean tragedies; an exemplary model of the tragedy of blood.

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


Author: Peter Morrisson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1471854051
Category: Education
Page: 104
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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 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
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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 Changeling


Author: Thomas Middleton,William Rowley
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 081220669X
Category: Drama
Page: 144
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The Changeling is a powerful psychological tragedy of the moral degeneration of a highborn Spanish girl through a crime prompted by obsessive love. Thomas Middleton was probably responsible for the tragic plot, and William Rowley for the comic subplot concerning the antics of a young rake who contrives to have himself committed to an insane asylum for love of the proprietor's handsome wife.

Women Beware Women


Author: Thomas Middleton
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408144603
Category: Drama
Page: 160
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One of the great Renaissance playwrights, Middleton wrote tragedies essentially different from either Marlowe's or Shakespeare's, being wittier than the former and more grittily ironic than the latter. The genre of 'citizen tragedy' came into its own in the eighteenth century, but Middleton can claim to have created it: Bianca, wife of a middling commercial agent, arouses the lust of the Duke of Florence and becomes his mistress, first secretly, then openly and finally, after her husband has been seduced by the scheming Lady Livia and stabbed by Livia's brother, the Duke's wife. Livia plots her revenge, and the play ends with a banquet and a masque that are a triumph of black farce. Middleton's powerful, psychologically complex female characters and his clear-sighted analysis of misogyny are bound to impress today's audiences, but it is the pervasive irony - cynicism, even - with which he dissects the motivations of both oppressor and victim that makes him so eerily modern.

Tales from Chaucer

In Prose
Author: Geoffrey Chaucer,Charles Cowden Clarke
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 323
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Revenge Tragedy

Aeschylus to Armageddon
Author: John Kerrigan
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780198184515
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 404
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Revenge has long been central to European culture. From Homer to Nietzsche, St Paul to Sylvia Plath, numerous major authors have been fascinated by its emotional intensity, and by the questions which it raises about violence, sexuality, death, and the nature of justice. In this exceptionally learned and lively book, John Kerrigan explores the literature of vengeance from Greek tragedy to postmodernism, ranging through material in several languages, as well as through opera, painting, andfilm, while opening new perspectives on such famailiar English works as Hamlet, Clarissa, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. By means of broad historical analysis, but also through subtle attention to the fabric of individual texts, Kerrigan shows how evolving attitudes to retribution have shaped and reconstituted tragedy in the West, and elucidates the remarkable capacity of his ancient theme to generate innovative works of art. Although Revenge Tragedy: Aeschylus to Armageddon is aliterary study, it makes fresh and ambitious use of ideas from anthropology, social theory, and moral philosophy. As a result it will be of interest to students in a variety of disciplines, as well as to the general reader.

The Duchess of Malfi


Author: John Webster,Leah Marcus
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1904271510
Category: Drama
Page: 430
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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.

Women Writing and Writing about Women


Author: Mary Jacobus
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415521696
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 199
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This innovative collection of contemporary essays in feminist literary criticism provides a spectrum of approaches and positions, united by their common focus on writing by and about women. Spanning the novel, poetry, drama, film and criticism, the contributors emphasise some of the problems of theory and practice posed by writing as a woman and by women’s representation in literature. The subjects of individual essays range from the nineteenth and twentieth century novel to avant-gardefilm, and from Victorian women poets to Russian women poets of today. Drawing on disciplines as diverse as structuralism, psychoanalysis, semiotics, socio-linguistics and Marxist analyses of literature, the essays suggest the variety and vigour of contemporary feminist literary criticism, as well as representing some of the debates currently animating it. Topics of common concern range from the nature of a women’s tradition in literature to the scope and method of feminist literary criticism itself. Successfully bridging the gap between literary criticism and literary production, the scope of this collection will be of considerable interest to those concerned with current developments in literary criticism as well as to those in the field of women’s studies.

The Duchess of Malfi, The White Devil, The Broken Heart and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

with The White Devil, The Broken Heart and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Author: John Ford,John Webster
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 014139224X
Category: Drama
Page: 640
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These four plays, written during the reigns of James I and Charles I, took revenge tragedy in dark and ambiguous new directions. In The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil, John Webster explores the role of women and the problems of power, sex and corruption in the Italian court, creating two unforgettable anti-heroines. In The Broken Heart, John Ford questions the value of emotional repression as his characters attempt to subdue their desires and hatreds in ancient Greece. Finally, Ford's masterpiece 'Tis Pity She's a Whore explores the taboo theme of incest and forbidden lust in a daring reworking of Romeo and Juliet. Jane Kingsley-Smith has edited the plays from the earliest quartos and added invaluable editorial material, including explanatory glosses and a new introduction that discusses how the playwrights explored issues around women, sex, power and violence. JOHN WEBSTER was born in about 1578 in London. He studied law at the Middle Temple before embarking on a career in the theatre, collaborating on many plays with contemporary dramatists. But it was his two solo-authored tragedies, The White Devil (1612) and The Duchess of Malfi (1614), which sealed his reputation. He died in the 1630s. JOHN FORD was born in 1586 in Devon. His early career was wholly concerned with poetry and philosophical works, and it was not until the 1620s that he began collaborating on stage plays. In the late 1620s, he began writing alone, producing the eight plays on which his reputation would be based, including The Broken Heart (1620) and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (c.1630). Nothing more is known of Ford after the performance of his last play in 1638. JANE KINGSLEY-SMITH completed her PhD at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon and is the author of two monographs: Shakespeare's Drama of Exile (2003) and Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture (2010). She is a Reader at Roehampton University, London, and a regular guest speaker at Shakespeare's Globe.

The Skull Beneath the Skin

A Cordelia Gray Mystery
Author: P.D. James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143914429X
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Invited to protect an actress within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, Detective Cordelia Gray finds the stage is set for death. Actress Clarissa Lisle has always been famous for her ravishing beauty—and her unscrupulous manipulations. Now on the death-shrouded island of Courcy, her schemes win her a starring role in a nightmare in which she can trust no one—not her deceived husband; her dangerously insecure stepson; her ominously genial host; her dependent, desperate cousin; or her cruelly amusing ex-lover. Soon Detective Cordelia gray finds that nothing is as it seems on Courcy—especially after the curtain goes down. Here she must delve into ancient secrets and guilt-stained pasts—and risk her life to stop a brilliantly cunning murderer who has set the stage for her death.

The white devil


Author: John Webster
Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 158
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Oxford Student Texts: John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi


Author: Jackie Moore
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780198325741
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 240
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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.

Brief History of English and American Literature

A Background on Literature
Author: Henry A. Beers
Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 216
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This book contains a brief history of English and American literature, it was written by Henry Augustin Beers and also contains an introduction and supplementary chapters on the Religious and Theological Literature of Great Britain and the United States by John Fletcher Hurst.

An Inspector Calls and Other Plays


Author: J. B. Priestley
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 014118535X
Category: Drama
Page: 304
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An inspector calls, the title play in this collection, was written inside a week in 1944. Inspector Goole, investigating a girl's death, calls on the Birlings, an outwardly virtuous household.

Three Revenge Tragedies


Author: Cyril Tourneur,John Webster,Thomas Middleton
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141958898
Category: Drama
Page: 368
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Following the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign in the early seventeenth century, the new court of King James was beset by political instability and moral corruption. This atmosphere provided fertile ground for the dramatists of the age, whose plays explore the ways in which social decadence and the abuse of power breed resentment and lead inexorably to violence and bloody retribution. In Tourneur's The Revenger's Tragedy, the debauched son of an Italian Duke attempts to rape the virtuous Gloriana - a veiled reference to Elizabeth I. Webster's The White Devil depicts a sinister world of intrigue and murderous infidelity, while The Changeling, perhaps Middleton's supreme achievement, powerfully portrays a woman bringing about her own unwitting destruction. All three are masterpieces of brooding intensity, dominated by images of decay, disillusionment and death.