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Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Sensational scenes on stage were always a popular draw. When Planché looked back in old age on his long career he was anxious to dissociate himself from what he regarded as a degraded trend. In his 1872 Recollections, Planché condemnedwhat...

New Directions: Seneca and The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...A line in the first chorus of Seneca’s Agamemnon foresees the killing of the king of Argos: ‘placet in uulnus maxima ceruix’ (line 100; the greatest neck invites wounding). In the original this is one item in a brisk catalogue illustrating...
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...Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new...

New Directions: Unbridled Selfhood in The White Devil – Webster’s use of Calvin and Montaigne

Paul Frazer

Paul Frazer is Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Northumbria, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The White Devil : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God. Jean Calvin , Institutes of the Christian Religion , ed...

The White Devil: The State of the Art

The White Devil : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Twenty-first century criticism of The White Devil has drawn attention to the material and economic conditions of the play’s first publication in 1612, as well as its engagement with contemporary debates about race and nation, feminine...

The Spanish Tragedy: State of the Art

The Spanish Tragedy : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Overview and the advent of critical theory The second half of the twentieth century saw a reassessment of Kyd’s artistry, and a general shift from the standard judgement that it was a ‘crude’ play to seeing...

New Directions: The Spanish Tragedy and Virgil

The Spanish Tragedy : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Although Hieronimo’s grief for his son Horatio, and his struggle to achieve justice for him, are the emotional and thematic focus of The Spanish Tragedy, Kyd also supplies the play with a framing device of unusual prominence and detail...

The Leenane Trilogy

Patrick Lonergan

Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh for Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...Leenane: murder capital of Europe The village of Leenane can be found in northern Galway, just on the border with County Mayo. It’s a very small place. There are a couple of narrow streets that are mostly used by tourist coaches...

‘Look on This Spectacle’: The Spanish Tragedy in Performance

The Spanish Tragedy : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...On Friday 9 November 1921 at Birkbeck College, the first known performance of The Spanish Tragedy since the seventeenth century began with a rhyming prologue written for the occasion by the poet Alfred Noyes. F. S. Boas thought...

Character, Story and Plot

Shakespeare and the Victorians

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

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...Escaping the Plot: the Case of Falstaff It is no wonder that Shakespeare has been called ‘novelistic’ when his characters have such complex being-in-time. In their own minds they live in imagined pasts and futures as well as here...