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.

Tis Pity She s a Whore and Other Plays

Author: John Ford
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0192834495
Release Date: 1998
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, andKatherine 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 ofMichael 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.

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.

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 lover s melancholy

Author: John Ford
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: UOM:39015037454157
Release Date: 1995-12-21
Genre: Drama

Ford wrote darkly about sexual and political passion, thwarted ambition, and incest. This selection also shows his ability to portray the poignancy of love as well as to write entertaining comedy and creat concincing roles for women. His Annabella, Hippolita, Pentea, Calantha, and KatherinrGordon 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 ofMichael 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.

Six Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedies

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781408149768
Release Date: 2014-06-13
Genre: Drama

This anthology contains scholarly and annotated editions of six major Elizabethan and Jacobean plays: The Spanish Tragedy Doctor Faustus Sejanus Women Beware Women The White Devil 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

King Lear in Context

Author: Keith Linley
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781783083749
Release Date: 2015-02-15
Genre: Literary Criticism

This engaging book provides in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1606 would have brought to interpreting ‘King Lear’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, parenting and family dynamics, court corruption, class tensions, the literary profile of the time, the concept of tragedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a disintegrating world in free fall.

Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedies

Author: N/A
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN: STANFORD:36105131748779
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Genre: Drama

This anthology contains scholarly and annotated editions of six major Elizabethan and Jacobean plays: The Spanish Tragedy Doctor Faustus Sejanus Women Beware Women The White Devil 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

Antony and Cleopatra in Context

Author: Keith Linley
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781783083787
Release Date: 2015-02-15
Genre: Literary Criticism

This engaging book provides in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1607 would have brought to interpreting ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, court corruption, class tensions, the literary profile of the time, the concept of tragedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a disintegrating world lost through passion and machination.

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.

The Selected Plays of John Ford

Author: John Ford
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 0521295459
Release Date: 1986-08-29
Genre: Drama

This selection contains the three finest plays of the Stuart dramatist John Ford. The Broken Heart is a classical tragedy of suffering; 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Ford's best-known play and one still frequently performed, is a tragic story of limitless ambition and social rivalry expressed in sexual terms; Perkin Warbeck is the last great successor to the history plays of Shakespeare. Together they exemplify the unique tone of Ford's drama, in which passion and gravity are united by a playwright with a poetic sense of theatre. This is the only one-volume selection of Ford's plays now available. The texts are modernised and equipped with notes explaining unfamiliar language and historical references. A general introduction gives a brief biography and bibliography; individual introductions deal with the sources and stage history of each play. Longer notes at the back of the book discuss points of staging and interpretation, and there is a full textual apparatus which makes this edition useful for the scholar as well as the student.