Tis Pity She s A Whore

Author: John Ford
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134944484
Release Date: 2006-07-13
Genre: Literary Criticism

The last decade has seen a revival of interest in John Ford and especially 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, his tragedy of religious scepticism, incestuous love, and revenge. This text in particular has provided a focus for scholarship as well as being the subject of a number of major theatrical productions. Simon Barker guides the reader through the full range of previous interpretations of the play; moving from an overview of traditional readings he goes on to enlarge upon new questions that have arisen as a consequence of critical and cultural theory.

Ford Tis Pity She s a Whore

Author: Martin White
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137006073
Release Date: 2012-05-11
Genre: Drama

'Tis Pity She's a Whore is one of the most controversial plays ever staged in the English theatre. In this illuminating Handbook, Martin White: • offers an in-depth, moment-by-moment analysis of the play, looking at how it might be performed on stage • provides vital contextual material on John Ford's social and literary influences • reconstructs the play's performances in Ford's own time and examines later stage, television and film productions • guides the reader through the often heated critical and theatrical responses to the dramatic work.

Tis Pity She s a Whore and Other Plays

Author: John Ford
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0192834495
Release Date: 1999-02-04
Genre: Drama

Ford wrote darkly about sexual and political passion, despair, thwarted ambition, and incest. This selection also shows his ability to portray the poignancy of love as well as write entertaining comedy and create convincing roles for women. His Annabella, Hippolita, Penthea, Calantha, and Katherine Gordon rank among the most dramatically powerful female characters on the post-Shakespearean stage. Setting Ford's earliest surviving independently-written play, The Lover's Melancholy, alongside his three best known works, this edition includes an introduction with sections on each play addressing gender issues, modern relevance, and staging possibilities. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation, supplemented by detailed annotation.

Tis Pity She s A Whore

Author: Lisa Hopkins
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781441137555
Release Date: 2015-04-10
Genre: Literary Criticism

John Ford's tragedy 'Tis Pity She's A Whore was first performed between 1629 and 1633 and since then its themes of incest, love versus duty and forbidden passion have made it a widely studied and performed, if controversial, play. This guide offers students an introduction to its critical and performance history, including TV and film adaptations. It includes a keynote chapter outlining major areas of current research on the play and four new critical essays. Finally, a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an annotated bibliography provide a basis for further individual research.

Four Revenge Tragedies

Author: Thomas Kyd
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781472573582
Release Date: 2014-05-08
Genre: Literary Criticism

Francis Bacon described revenge as a 'kind of wild justice'. Then as now, early modern playwrights and their theatre-going public were fascinated by the anarchic energies that a desire for retribution unleashes. Rather than rehearsing familiar conventions, each of these plays presents a unique social and cultural milieu where dark fantasies of revenge are variously played out. In Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy a grieving father seeks public justice for the murder of his son by envious princelings. When his attempts are thwarted he turns a court spectacle of murder into the 'real' thing. Blackly comic in its tone and style, The Revenger's Tragedy (anon.) presents vengeance as mimetic art, witty and cruel. Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore represents an innovative re-working of the genre as a brother's love for his sister leads to his spectacular revenge on his rival, her husband, in a society in which brutal retaliation for perceived wrong is the norm. In Webster's The White Devil crimes of passion ignite revenge in the courts of the Italian city states. This student edition contains fully annotated, modernized texts of each play together with an introduction discussing the dramatic and poetic style of each play, focusing on its action and play of ideas.

Tis Pity She s a Whore

Author: John Ford
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781408144312
Release Date: 2014-05-29
Genre: Drama

Like Shakespeare's Juliet, Annabella, accompanied by her down-to-earth nurse, is introduced to a series of suitors to her hand. Like Juliet, she finds all of them unsatisfactory - and rightly so, for the audience know that the nastiest of them is having an affair with her domineering aunt. Like Juliet, Annabella is wooed by a sensitive and passionate young man whose love she returns - but this young man happens to be her own brother, Giovanni. When they consummate their love and she, to avoid the scandal of extramarital pregnancy, agrees to marry her aunt's lover, the tragic outcome is inevitable. John Ford, writing his psychologically powerful and intellectually challenging tragedies in the early years of King Charles I's reign, is a playwright of the first rank, as 20th-century directors have shown both in the theatre and on film.

Ford Tis Pity She s a Whore

Author: Martin White
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137294388
Release Date: 2012-05-11
Genre: Drama

'Tis Pity She's a Whore is one of the most controversial plays ever staged in the English theatre. In this illuminating Handbook, Martin White: • offers an in-depth, moment-by-moment analysis of the play, looking at how it might be performed on stage • provides vital contextual material on John Ford's social and literary influences • reconstructs the play's performances in Ford's own time and examines later stage, television and film productions • guides the reader through the often heated critical and theatrical responses to the dramatic work.

The Romans in Britain

Author: Howard Brenton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472574411
Release Date: 2015-05-21
Genre: Drama

First staged at London's National Theatre in 1980, having been commissioned by Peter Hall, The Romans in Britain contrasts Julius Caesar's Roman invasion of Celtic Britain with the Saxon invasion of Romano-Celtic Britain, and finally Britain's involvement in Northern Ireland during The Troubles of the late twentieth century. As these scenes bleed into one another, Brenton suggests what it might have been like for these people to meet. Three Roman soldiers sexually assault a young druid priest. A lone, wounded Saxon soldier stumbles into a field, a nightmare made real. An army intelligence officer begins to lose his mind in the Irish fields. Brenton's sinewy vernaculars summon a lost history of cultural collision and oppression, of fear and sorrow. This edition features an introduction by Philip Roberts, Emeritus Professor of Drama & Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds, and a foreword by director Sam West.

Five Plays

Author: Thomas Middleton
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140432191
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Drama

Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) was one of the most prolific and fascinating playwrights of the Jacobean era, producing nearly fifty theatrical pieces in a quarter of a century. This collection comprises five of his most powerful plays, from the comedies satirizing city life, A Trick to Catch the Old One, and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, to his later tragedies Women Beware Women and The Changeling, in which Middleton reveals a world dominated by the corrupting power of lust and subject to the futility of human pretensions. Also included is The Revenger's Tragedy, originally ascribed to Cyril Tourneur, a Revenge Play infused with sardonic wit and biting irony.

Tis Pity She s A Whore

Author: Lisa Hopkins
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781441176219
Release Date: 2015-03-17
Genre: Literary Criticism

John Ford's tragedy 'Tis Pity She's A Whore was first performed between 1629 and 1633 and since then its themes of incest, love versus duty and forbidden passion have made it a widely studied and performed, if controversial, play. This guide offers students an introduction to its critical and performance history, including TV and film adaptations. It includes a keynote chapter outlining major areas of current research on the play and four new critical essays. Finally, a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an annotated bibliography provide a basis for further individual research.

The Witch of Edmonton

Author: Thomas Dekker
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780713642537
Release Date: 1998-07-31
Genre: Drama

This tragi-comedy took as foundation the news report of the execution for witchcraft of Elizabeth Sawyer, as related by Henry Goodcole. However, the superstructure of love, bigamy and pretension was given at least as much weight. Both plots echoed the social forces at work in Edmonton.

The Duchess of Malfi

Author: John Webster
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN: 1472520653
Release Date: 2014-04-24
Genre: Literary Criticism

A major revision of this classic revenge tragedy. The comprehensive introduction covers recent developments in criticism and key theatre productions, as well as relating the play to other early modern tragedies. The edition gives students and teachers a reliable, annotated text and a stimulating overview of the play's context, critical perspectives and an exploration of its stage history. An invaluable resource for study and performance.

British Drama 1533 1642 A Catalogue

Author: Martin Wiggins
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199265732
Release Date: 2013-06-20
Genre: Drama

The third volume of a comprehensive reference work detailing every play written by a British author during the English Renaissance. The years covered in this volume saw the start of Shakespeare's career as a dramatist.