The White Devil

The White Devil

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by John Webster
     
 

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"John Webster's first independent play, The White Devil, originally performed in 1612, centres on the beautiful Vittoria Corombona and her lover, Duke Brachiano, whose passionate, adulterous affair unleashes the powerful revenge of their enemies. While clearly guilty of lust and murder, these unsavoury characters become startlingly heroic under pressure, challenging… See more details below

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"John Webster's first independent play, The White Devil, originally performed in 1612, centres on the beautiful Vittoria Corombona and her lover, Duke Brachiano, whose passionate, adulterous affair unleashes the powerful revenge of their enemies. While clearly guilty of lust and murder, these unsavoury characters become startlingly heroic under pressure, challenging both conventional moral judgements and oppressive social forces." This revised student edition contains a lengthy new introduction with background on the author, date and sources, theme, critical interpretation and stage history. The introduction discusses Webster's radical experimentation with tragic modes, his interest in the heroic potential of women, and evaluates the handling of both in recent stage productions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719016110
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1988
Series:
Revels Plays Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
205

Meet the Author

Christina Luckyj, is Professor of English at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and the author of several works on early modern drama.

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