Delinquent Pedigrees: Revision, Lineage, and Spatial Rhetoric in The Duchess of Malfi

@article{Dowd2009DelinquentPR,
  title={Delinquent Pedigrees: Revision, Lineage, and Spatial Rhetoric in The Duchess of Malfi},
  author={M. Dowd},
  journal={English Literary Renaissance},
  year={2009},
  volume={39},
  pages={499 - 526}
}
  • M. Dowd
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology
  • English Literary Renaissance
Locating John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi within a cluster of early seventeenth‐century concerns about legitimacy and hereditary succession, this essay traces the ways in which Webster strategically alters his primary narrative source, William Painter's The Palace of Pleasure, so as to expose rather than to suppress the indeterminacy of patrilineality. Webster's tragedy focuses specifically on a remarrying widow and her children, a particular social problem that makes visible the… Expand
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