Malcontented agents : from the novellas to Much Ado about Nothing and The Duchess of Malfi

Nigri, L ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7005-9196 2018, 'Malcontented agents : from the novellas to Much Ado about Nothing and The Duchess of Malfi' , ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 31 (3) , pp. 176-181.

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Abstract

Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing (c.1598) and Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi (c. 1613) are two plays in which Matteo Bandello’s portrayal of evil agents in his novellas exert a constant, even if not immediately obvious, influence. Remote from each other chronologically and generically, Shakespeare’s comedy and Webster’s tragedy make common use of a distinctive character-type, which has an equivalent in the Bandello source: the melancholy, embittered, and vindictive outsider known at the time, as well as by modern critics, as the malcontent (Nigri, The Origin of Malcontent). Comparing how and to what purpose each dramatist duplicated, altered or expanded the figures he found in the source story provides an insight into his way of working and informs our understanding of the plays.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0895-769X
Depositing User: Dr Lucia Nigri
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 12:39
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 08:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/46784

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