This is a comprehensive introduction to The Duchess of Malfi that introduces its critical and performance history, the current critical landscape and new directions in research. John Webster's classic revenge tragedy The Duchess of Malfi was first performed in 1614 and published in 1623. This guide offers students and scholars an introduction to its critical and performance history, including recent versions on stage and screen. It includes a keyte chapter outlining major areas of current research on the play and four new critical essays presenting new critical positions on the text include gender and political perspectives on the idea of secrecy in the play and debates surrounding Webster's religio-political allegiances. Finally, a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an antated bibliography provide a basis for further individual research. Continuum Renaissance Drama offers practical and accessible introductions to the critical and performative contexts of key Elizabethan and Jacobean plays. Each guide introduces the text's critical and performance history but also provides students with an invaluable insight into the landscape of current scholarly research through a keyte essay on the state of the art and newly commissioned essays of fresh research from different critical perspectives.
Christina Luckyj is Professor of English at Dalhousie University, Canada.