John Ford: Critical Re-Visions

John Ford: Critical Re-Visions

by Michael Neill


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Originally published in 1988, John Ford: Critical Re-Visions offers a wholesale reconsideration of the reputation of a major Caroline playwright. The volume takes an historical perspective and offers a better understanding of Ford's achievement in the light of the theatrical and social conditions of his own day. The collection of essays was assembled for the 400th anniversary of the playwright's birth. The contributors, well known scholars in the field, work from a variety of critical positions: insights associated with a new historicist, feminist, structuralist and post-structuralist theory are represented, together with more traditional approaches. The essays range from detailed readings of the individual plays, including 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Perkin Warbeck, Love's Sacrifice and The Lady's Trial to more wide-ranging studies of imagery and theatrical convention; several help to illuminate our understanding of Ford's plays in the theatre of his own time, while another offers a detailed account of post-war stage, film and television productions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521128575
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/04/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Michael Neill; 1. Ford in performance Roger Warren; 3. 'Sensationalism' and 'melodrama' in Ford's plays Richard Madelaine; 3. 'The Stage of My Mortality': Ford's poetry of death Colin Gibson; 4. Singing through the chatter: Ford and contemporary theatrical fashion Andrew Gurr; 5. 'Language and matter with a fit of mirth': dramatic construction in the plays of John Ford Kathleen McLuskie; 6. Mortality, morality and modernity in The Broken Heart: some dramatic and critical counter-arguments Harriett Hawkins; 7. 'What strange riddle's this?': deciphering 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Michael Neill; 8. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore as city tragedy Verna Foster; 9. Love's Sacrifice: Ford's metatheatrical tragedy Martin Butler; 10. 'Being all one': Ford's analysis of love and friendship in Loues Sacrifice and The Ladies Traill Brian Opie; 11. 'Effeminately dolent': gender and legitimacy in Ford's Perkin Warbeck Jean Howard; Index.

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