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Le baroque dépravé dans La Duchesse d’Amalfi de John Webster

Abstract : In The Duchess of Malfi, baroque art appears an art of evil that Webster attempts to deconstruct. The baroque theatricality that serves to torture the Duchess and to put her to death is shown as depraved. Dissimulation and artifice eventually appear as the foundations of both a deadly aesthetics and of a venomous society. It is all the more relevant to apply the baroque category to Webster’s play as it allows linking aesthetic forms and contemporary polemics: far from being self-reflexive, The Duchess of Malfi is part of the anti-catholic propaganda that was rife in Jacobean England.
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Claire Gheeraert-Graffeuille. Le baroque dépravé dans La Duchesse d’Amalfi de John Webster. Etudes Epistémè : revue de littérature et de civilisation (XVIe - XVIIIe siècles), Association Études Épistémè, 2006, ⟨10.4000/episteme.2609⟩. ⟨hal-02060213⟩



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