Webster: The Tragedies

Webster: The Tragedies

by Kate Aughterson
     
 

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 amongst the strongest characters, man or woman, in Jacobean drama. This book shows that Webster's plays portray a world in which…  See more details below

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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 amongst the strongest characters, man or woman, in Jacobean drama. This book shows that Webster's plays portray a world in which patriarchal, aristocratic politics are dissected and 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, and as rivals to Shakespeare's major tragedies.

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A specialist in the Renaissance, gender, and drama, Aughterson (English, U. of Central England) analyzes how and dissect patriarchal, aristocratic politics as diseased. She looks closely at key moments, scenic and dramatic structure, characterization, theatricality, and imagery to explain how John Webster (1580-1634) uses drama to debate contemporary political and social issues, most explicitly those of gender. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333801291
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Analysing Texts Series
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Kate Aughterson is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Central England, specialising in the Renaissance, gender, and drama.

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