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John Webster is Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen. He is the editor of the International Journal of Systematic Theology.Review:
More widely studied and more frequently performed than ever before, John Webster's The Duchesss of Malfi is here presented in an accessible and thoroughly up-to-date edition. Based on the often reprinted Revels Plays Edition of 1964, the notes have been augmented to cast further light on Webster's amazing dialogue and on the stage action which it implies. An entirely new introduction sets the tragedy in the context of pre-Civil War England and gives a revealing view of its themes, action and visual imagery. From its well-documented early performances to the two productions seen in the West End of London in the 1995-96 season, a stage history gives an account of the play in performance. Students, actors, directors and theatre-goers will find here a reappraisal of Webster's artistry in the tragedy which stands in the very first rank of plays from perhaps the greatest age of English theatre, and reasons why it has lived on stage with renewed force in the last decades of the twentieth century.
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Book Description W.W. Norton & Company, New York, NY, 1967. Trade Paperback. Second Ed, Revised & Corrected. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the faintest toning to the white background field of the wrapper covers; else flawless Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 129pp. Edited by Elizabeth M. Brennan. Second Ed, Revised & Corrected; Later Printing thereof. Trade Paperback. The play is both a tour de force and profoundly searching. It is perhaps the first major feminist play in England, with the Duchess presented as an outstandingly noble even if fallible character, the victim of her two evil "partriarchal" brothers. Of these, her twin brother Ferdinand is among the most intelligently conceived characters to appear on the Jacobean stage. Unknowingly (i.e. in his "unconscious") he is incestuously in love with his sister. Unable to cope with this "taboo" feeling, he tries to "repress" it unsuccessfully, and finally his . "libido" comes to express itself in a violent wish to destroy her if he cannot . own her, and he ends up believing himself to be a wolf, attempting to dig up her grave after he has had her killed. Obviously, then, this is a very Freudian work - anticipating Freud's insights brilliantly by some four centuries, and without lapsing into Freud's extravagantly improbable claims about such matters as the Oedipus complex. It is the working of the unconcious, as a reservoir of what we do not understand and cannot control, which is quite central in this play, and Ferdinand's . confusion is potently contrasted with his sister's openminded, acknowledged and generous . health. An outstanding play, recommended as among the best of its time (comparable in quality and interest to *Othello* or *The Changeling*). Bookseller Inventory # 41145
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