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The Art of John Webster





ISBN 9781138120167
Published April 30, 2017 by Routledge
176 Pages

 
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The Art of John Webster, first published in 1972, is a study of the three extant plays of Webster known to be solely his work. These plays are seen as attempts to achieve in literature the effects of the baroque, a term which related Webster to the larger developments of European art. Their content is analysed in terms of a consistent opposition between evil and the law. The book seeks to re-establish a base for the claims that must be made for Webster as a serious artist. This title will be of interest to students of literature and drama.

Table of Contents

List of Plates;  Abbreviations;  Part One: Technique;  1. Introduction: Webster as Baroque Artist  2. Sensationalist and Movement  3. Irony, Parody, and Caricature  4. Character  5. Multiplicity and Unity  6. Conclusion;  Part Two: Themes;  1. Introduction  2. The White Devil  3. The Duchess of Malfi  4. The Devil’s Law-Case  5. Conclusion;  Index

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