One of the great Renaissance playwrights, Middleton wrote tragediesessentially different from either Marlowe's or Shakespeare's, beingwittier than the former and more grittily ironic than the latter. Thegenre of 'citizen tragedy' came into its own in the eighteenth century,but Middleton can claim to have created it: Bianca, wife of a middlingcommercial agent, arouses the lust of the Duke of Florence and becomeshis mistress, first secretly, then openly and finally, after herhusband has been seduced by the scheming Lady Livia and stabbed byLivia's brother, the Duke's wife. Livia plots her revenge, and the playends with a banquet and a masque that are a triumph of black farce.Middleton's powerful, psychologically complex female characters and hisclear-sighted analysis of misogyny are bound to impress today'saudiences, but it is the pervasive irony - cynicism, even - with whichhe dissects the motivations of both oppressor and victim that makes himso eerily modern.
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William C. Caroll is professor of English at Boston University. He has published widely in English Renaissance literature, including The Great Feast of Language in LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (1976), The Metamorphoses of Shakespearean Comedy (1985), and Fat King, Lean Beggar: Representations of Poverty in the Age of Shakespeare (1996). He has also edited Thomas Middleton's play Women Beware Women (1994). He has held senior fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1980 he was awarded the Metcalf Cup and Prize as the outstanding teacher at Boston University.Review:
Thomas Middleton's Jacobean drama spreads like a web around the the black- widow figure of Livia... it is clear that Livia's deviousness is a profoundly cynical response to the hipocrisy of a society in which women are powerless and men do as they please.' Sarah Hemming, Financial Times, 29.04.10 'Thomas Middleton's 17th- century study of self- survival and the destruction of innocence' Clare Allfree, Metro (London), 29.04.10 'A sardonic masterwork that admits one to the world of fuliginous cruelty.' Michael Billington, Guardian, 29.04.10 'Dark, decadent and immensely stylish, Women Beware Women makes you laugh even as you shiver.' Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 29.04.10 'A fiercely felt, finely wrought, seldom-seen play by one of Shakespeare's contemporaries.' Susannah Clapp, Obcerver, 02.05.10
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