The Duchess of Malfi

Author: John Webster,Monica Kendall

Publisher: Longman

ISBN: 9780582817791


Page: 272

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The best-known of the Jacobean tragedies; an exemplary model of the tragedy of blood.

The Duchess of Malfi

A critical guide

Author: Christina Luckyj

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441117687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 8436

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 Emigrants

Author: W. G. Sebald

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811221296

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 717

A masterwork of W. G. Sebald, now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund The four long narratives in The Emigrants appear at first to be the straightforward biographies of four Germans in exile. Sebald reconstructs the lives of a painter, a doctor, an elementary-school teacher, and Great Uncle Ambrose. Following (literally) in their footsteps, the narrator retraces routes of exile which lead from Lithuania to London, from Munich to Manchester, from the South German provinces to Switzerland, France, New York, Constantinople, and Jerusalem. Along with memories, documents, and diaries of the Holocaust, he collects photographs—the enigmatic snapshots which stud The Emigrants and bring to mind family photo albums. Sebald combines precise documentary with fictional motifs, and as he puts the question to realism, the four stories merge into one unfathomable requiem.

The Duchess of Malfi

John Webster

Author: Dympna Callaghan

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312228613

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

View: 7490

Melbourne Theatre Company Programs.

Fiela's Child

Author: Dalene Matthee

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 0143027581

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5308

A child wanders too far into the Knysna Forest ... he never returns. Nine years later government officials working on a census find a white child living with a Coloured family in the mountains beyond the forest. They take him away from the stricken Fiela, who has brought him up as her son, and give him back to his 'original' family. Stunned and helpless, Benjamin waits for Fiela to reclaim him. But, powerless against authority, Fiela never comes. Benjamin has to grow up before he can go in search of the truth ...

The Duchess of Malfi

Fifth Edition

Author: John Webster

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9781472520654

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 4791

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.

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

Author: Peter Morrisson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1471854051

Category: Education

Page: 104

View: 5362

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

View: 7516

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.

Webster: The Tragedies

The Tragedies

Author: Kate Aughterson

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 113715201X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 7092

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 Renaissance and Long Eighteenth Century

Author: Anita Pacheco,David Johnson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781849666220

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 1094

The introductory volume in the Reading and Studying Literature series, co-published with the Open University, is designed to introduce students to the Renaissance, and the Eighteenth Century. Each period is discussed in terms of an overarching theme, providing a clear focus for study and discussion and introducing readers to an important theoretical concept in literary studies. The Renaissance is discussed in terms of themes of love and death in tragic drama, with particular reference to Shakepsare's Othello and John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. The theme of the section on the long Eighteenth Century is travel, and four travel narratives: two fictional and two non-fictional are discussed: Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, Voltaire's Candide, the autobiography of the ex-slave Ukawsaw Gronniosaw and a fascinating case-study of the Mutiny on the Bounty. The theoretical concept of the volume is 'context' and each chapter explores how the meaning of texts is affected by reading them in relation to different contexts.

I'm the King of the Castle

Penguin Essentials

Author: Susan Hill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780241970782

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 8906

Young Edmund Hooper doesn't want anyone else in Warings, the large and rambling Victorian house he shares with his widowed father. Nevertheless Charles Kingshaw and his mother are soon installed and Hooper sets about subtly persecuting the fearful new arrival.

John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House Pub


Category: Drama

Page: 144

View: 3782

A collection of essays on Webster's tragic drama "The Duchess of Malfi" arranged in chronological order of publication.

Occult Knowledge, Science, and Gender on the Shakespearean Stage

Author: Mary Floyd-Wilson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107276845

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 1463

Belief in spirits, demons and the occult was commonplace in the early modern period, as was the view that these forces could be used to manipulate nature and produce new knowledge. In this groundbreaking study, Mary Floyd-Wilson explores these beliefs in relation to women and scientific knowledge, arguing that the early modern English understood their emotions and behavior to be influenced by hidden sympathies and antipathies in the natural world. Focusing on Twelfth Night, Arden of Faversham, A Warning for Fair Women, All's Well That Ends Well, The Changeling and The Duchess of Malfi, she demonstrates how these plays stage questions about whether women have privileged access to nature's secrets and whether their bodies possess hidden occult qualities. Discussing the relationship between scientific discourse and the occult, she goes on to argue that as experiential evidence gained scientific ground, women's presumed intimacy with nature's secrets was either diminished or demonized.

Oxford Student Texts: John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

Author: Jackie Moore

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780198325741

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 240

View: 951

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.

The Cone-Gatherers

Author: Robin Jenkins

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847675042

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 9523

‘The best-kept secret in modern British literature.’ Andrew Marr A haunting story of violence and love. Calum and Neil are the cone-gatherers – two brothers at work in the forest of a large Scottish estate. But the harmony of their life together is shadowed by the obsessive hatred of Duror, the gamekeeper. Set during the Second World War, Robin Jenkins’ greatest novel is an immensely powerful examination of good and evil, and mankind’s propensity for both. Removed from the destruction and bloodshed of the war, the brothers’ oblivious happiness becomes increasingly fragile as darker forces close in around them. Suspenseful, dark and unforgettable, The Cone-Gatherers is a towering work of fiction, a masterpiece of modern Scottish literature. ‘Let me alert everyone to the best-kept secret in modern British literature. If you love the novel; if you are interested in books that are humane and wise, not slick and cynical; then treat yourself this year to some Robin Jenkins.’ Andrew Marr ‘A masterpiece of concision and terrible pathos.’ Isobel Murray ‘Like all the great masters, his skill is lightly worn, his sentences singing with what he does not say.’ The Times ‘Few novels in our heritage have the bell-like harmonies of this book . . . it has a strange, haunting poetic quality, conjuring from a few props a fable of eternal significance.’ Iain Crichton Smith

Heat and Dust

Author: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 1619028220

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 188

View: 2729

A profound and powerful novel, winner of the Booker Prize Set in colonial India during the 1920s, Heat and Dust tells the story of Olivia, a beautiful woman suffocated by the propriety and social constraints of her position as the wife of an important English civil servant. Longing for passion and independence, Olivia is drawn into the spell of the Nawab, a minor Indian prince deeply involved in gang raids and criminal plots. She is intrigued by the Nawab's charm and aggressive courtship, and soon begins to spend most of her days in his company. But then she becomes pregnant, and unsure of the child's paternity, she is faced with a wrenching dilemma. Her reaction to the crisis humiliates her husband and outrages the British community, breeding a scandal that lives in collective memory long after her death.

Global Tales

Stories from Many Cultures

Author: Christopher Donovan,Alun Hicks,Beverley Naidoo,Michael Marland

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780582289291

Category: Short stories, English

Page: 157

View: 9827

These 16 tales, by both new and internationally known writers, reveal the rich diversity of story writing in English today. They offer a variety of forms, settings, contexts, characters, themes and language in stories that are both accessible and challenging.

Literature for Senior Students

Author: Robert Beardwood,Kate Macdonell,Katy Marriner,Heather Maunder,Margaret Saltau,Sue Sherman,Helen Yvonne Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781921411540

Category: Books and reading

Page: 233

View: 5266

Fullyupdated for 2014-2015, Literature forSenior Students: 3rd edition is a comprehensive, practical andaccessible textbook for the study of English literature in the seniorschool. Section A: The Literature Handbook covers novels, short stories, drama,poetry and film, explaining all essential terms and techniques. Section B:Studying Literature covers the main kinds of analysisand text response required in senior literature courses: adaptations of textsinto other forms; views and values; alternative viewpoints; creative responses;and close analysis.