The Duchess of Malfi and Other Plays 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 Wil

  • Title: The Duchess of Malfi and Other Plays
  • Author: John Webster René Weis
  • ISBN: 9780199539284
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 challThis 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 over indulgence in violence, and explores his sophisticated staging and scenic forms.

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    1. This play is so depressing! I didn't imagine that it would be that bloody and violent. I highly recommend it because Webster uses the Senecan tragedy. I have never heard about it before until now. Information about the Senecan tragedy:"The plays of Seneca exercised great influence on medieval playwrights, who used them as models for literary imitation. They were edited by Nicholas Trivet, and in the 15th and 16th cents there was a considerable vogue in Italy for Senecan tragedy. The plays of Gir [...]

    2. The duchess of Malfi is the best play in this collection. A world of corruption, a world where everyone seeks power over his beloved's comfort and ease. I really like it.

    3. Webster, a contemporary of Shakespeare, was an expert writer on the darker side of human nature, and his plays are often harrowing and disconcerting. ("The Duchess of Malfi" is his masterpiece; beginning as a love story, it ends as a horrible tragedy of revenge and destruction.) Interestingly, and strangely, enough, he was an adept comedic writer as well.

    4. Honestly, I don't remember many specifics about this play, apart from the fact that it doesn't end wellha ha, bad joke. But I have very fond memories of sitting around the table of the Kensington flat, reading it aloud. I read the lines of the Duchess, and I found her to be an interesting character, despite the fact that I cannot now recall the reasons why.

    5. My favorite female character of Jacobean Revenge Tragedy! She is a stoic, beautiful woman who actually existed in history. I think John Webster's drama is incredibly feminist despite the era in which he was writing. I would love to see this performed.

    6. For me, The Duchess of Malfi is the greatest of the Jacobean tragicomedies. Some of the other plays are not quite at that same level. But Duchess easily rivals any other play in its genre.

    7. Not one of my favorites. Though, I do have to say any play with incest and lycanthrope from the 1600s does make for an entertaining, if not disturbing, read.

    8. Duchess of Malfi: romance, murder, lycanthropy my kind of play. Could possibly be retitled, "The Tragedy of Bosola, the Misled Man"

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