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CURS'D EXAMPLE The Duchess of Malfi and Commonweal Tragedy

Peterson, Joyce E.

ISBN 10: 0826202403 / ISBN 13: 9780826202406
Editorial: University of Missouri Press, 1978
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Título: CURS'D EXAMPLE The Duchess of Malfi and ...

Editorial: University of Missouri Press

Año de publicación: 1978

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Good+

Edición: First Edition.

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Although John Webster's powerful drama, The Duchess of Malfi (ca.1612), has had an uneven critical history, there has been general agreement about Webster's admiration for his heroine. Taking a new approach, Joyce E. Peterson argues that the genre and context in which it was written would have reinforced perspective and invited Jacobeans to see the Duchess primarily as a ruler whose private desires are at odds with her political responsibility. By defining the genre of commonweal tragedy and tracing its development, Peterson demonstrated that conventions reflect the assumption of contemporary political theory that a ruler must place public trust above such personal desires. In the context of James I's corrupt court, Webster's use of the genre gives the play a satiric dimension further underlining its negative judgment of the Duchess, especially in light of the striking similarities between her character, actions, and fate, and those of Jame's mother, Mary Queen of Scots. Peterson believes that seeing the Duchess as a wronged innocent reduces the play to melodrama. In a close reading, she reveals how the play's rhetorical structure presents the Duchess as a complex character whose willful choice decides not only her own fate but that of those around her, thus making The Duchess of Malfi a tragedy of tremendous affective force.

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