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Webster : the tragedies

Author: Kate Aughterson
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
Series: Analysing texts (Palgrave (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 amongst the strongest characters, male or female, in Jacobean drama."
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Study guides
Named Person: John Webster; John Webster; John Webster; John Webster; John Webster
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Aughterson
ISBN: 0333801296 9780333801291 033380130X 9780333801307 033373260X 9780333732601
OCLC Number: 44914276
Description: ix, 266 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Analysing Webster's Tragedies --
Openings --
Endings --
Turning Points --
Tragic Heroines --
Heroes and Villains --
Society and Politics --
Webster's Theatricality --
Iconography and Imagery --
The Context and the Critics --
Webster's Plays --
Contexts --
Sample Critical Views.
Series Title: Analysing texts (Palgrave (Firm))
Responsibility: 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 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.

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