Oxford Literature Companions: AS / A Level: The Duchess of Malfi
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Oxford Literature Companions: AS / A Level: The Duchess of Malfi

By Su Fielder
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Book Description

Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companions provide student-friendly analysis of a range of popular A Level set texts. Each book offers a lively, engaging approach to the text, covering characterisation and role, genre, context, language, themes, structure, performance and critical views, whilst also providing a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work with the text. Each book
also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which provides detailed advice on assessment and a bank of exam-style questions and annotated sample student answers. This guide covers The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster and is suitable for the most recent AS/A level
specifications.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Plot and Structure
    • Plot
    • Structure
  • Context
    • Biography of John Webster
    • Historical background
    • Women in Jacobean society
    • Marriage in Elizabethan and Jacobean society
    • Webster’s sources
    • Theatrical context
  • Genre
    • Tragedy
    • English revenge tragedy
  • Characterisation and Roles
    • The Duchess
    • Ferdinand
    • The Cardinal
    • Antonio
    • Bosola
    • Minor characters
  • Language
    • Verse, prose and rhyme
    • Language and character
    • Symbolic language and concrete visual symbols
    • Fables
  • Themes
    • Revenge
    • Secrecy and deceit
    • Spying / eavesdropping / voyeurism
    • Reward and punishment / salvationand damnation
    • Identity and sense of self / madness
  • Performance
    • The director’s role
    • Theatre design: setting
    • Theatre design: costume
    • Selected production history
  • Critical Views
    • Reading positions and approaches
  • Skills and Practice
    • Exam skills
    • Sample questions
    • Sample answers
  • Glossary
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