The Duchess of Malfi: A critical guide

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Apr 14, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction Christina Luckyj
1
CHAPTER ONE The Critical Backstory David Gunby
14
A Performance History of The Duchess of Malfi Roberta Barker
42
Critical Approaches 200008 Dympna Callaghan
66
The Duchess of Malfi as Inns of Court and Anticourt Drama Curtis Perry and Melissa Walter
87
CHAPTER FIVE The Duchesss Marriage in Contemporary Contexts Leah S Marcus
106
The Duchess of Malfis Secrets Frances E Dolan
119
Catholic Nostalgia in The Duchess of Malfi Todd Borlik
136
CHAPTER EIGHT A Survey of Resources Christy Desmet
153
Bibliography
175
Notes on Contributors
193
Index
196
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Christina Luckyj is Professor of English at Dalhousie University, Canada.

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