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Webster: The Tragedies: The Tragedies
     

Webster: The Tragedies: The Tragedies

by Kate Aughterson
 

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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 the amongst the strongest characters, male or female, in Jacobean drama.

This book shows how Webster's plays portray a world in

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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 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.

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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:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
02/27/2001
Series:
Analysing Texts Series
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(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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