Notes for Jacobean lectures

Scope and Content

Notes for Jacobean lectures: beginning with John Webster's White Devil and Duchess of Malfi, 'why relate drama to society or history at all'?, historical conditions, Elizabethan/Jacobean contradictory views of man, Webster and mentalities, Webster's point of view, importance of corrupt political world, nightmare of corrupt courts and religion, perversion of justice shown as conflict of great families or warlords, links with militant' nationalist', anti-Spanish and anti-Popery feeling, tragedy of state or anti-court drama, relation to sources, sympathy and judgement of Duchess of Malfi, remarriage of widows, man's eye-view of Duchess of Malfi, Duchess of Malfi's Puritan/Protestant sensibility, views of women as whores from villainous characters, Lisa Jardine's Still Harping on Daughters, Kathleen McLuskie's Renaissance Dramatists, Catherine Belsey's The Subject of Tragedy, reading lists—plays, historical and critical material, women and sex and marriage, fantasy and not description, treatment of double standards or prostitution, general characteristics of Thomas Middleton's attitude to women; extracts from Middleton's Women Beware Women, Middleton and Thomas Dekker's The Roaring Girl, John Marston's The Dutch Courtesan, John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Philip Massinger's A New Way to pay Old Debts, William Painter's The Palace of Pleasure, Arthur Brooke's The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet, Brecht's Short Organum for the Theatre, Webster's White Devil and Duchess of Malfi, contemporary review by Orazio Busino 1618, Massinger's The Bondsman, Duchess of Suffolk and The Unnatural Combat, Middleton's A Game at Chess