RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 44914276 LA English T1 Webster : the tragedies A1 Aughterson, Kate,, PB Palgrave PP Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York YR 2001 SN 0333801296 9780333801291 033380130X 9780333801307 033373260X 9780333732601 AB "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, 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 explicity those of gender. The book provides students with effective reading, critical and analytical tools with which to approach Webster's plays as not only dramatic scripts for our time, but also of their own time, and thus as rivals to Shakespeare's major tragedies."--Jacket.