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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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... by kissing a poisoned portrait of her erstwhile husband, wails that, ‘Hell to my affliction / Is mere snow water’ (2.1.249–50). In the trial scene, the corrupt Cardinal Monticelso (soon to be Pope Paul IV) frames Vittoria’s guilt...

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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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Adam Hansen

Adam Hansen is Lecturer in English at Northumbria University, 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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4

... traditionalist ritual ceremonies, Paul Frazer’s chapter explores the Protestant hybridity of The White Devil, in relation to how Webster used this play to explore vexed issues of selfhood, subjectivity, and death. Beginning with a reading...