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.
About the Author
Christina Luckyj is Professor of English at Dalhousie University, Canada.
Table of Contents
Series Introduction \ Timeline andIntroduction, Christina Luckyj\ 1. The Critical Backstory, David Gunby \ 2. Performance History, Roberta Barker \ 3. The State of the Art: Critical Approaches 2000-2008, Dympna Callaghan \ 4. New Directions: 'Staging Secret Interiors: The Duchess of Malfi as Inns of Court and Anticourt Drama', Curtis Perry and Melissa Walter \ 5. The Duchess's Marriage in Contemporary Contexts Leah S. Marcus \ 6. New Directions: ‘Can this be certain?': The Duchess of Malfi's Secrets, Frances E. Dolan \ 7. ‘Greek is Turbaned Turk': Catholic Nostalgia in The Duchess of Malfi, Todd Borlik \ 8. A Survey of Resources, Christy Desmet
Bibliography\ Notes on Contributors \Index