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Four Revenge Tragedies

Four Revenge Tragedies
Author: Katharine Eisaman Maus
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192838780
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The Revenge Tragedy flourished in Britain in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Each of the four plays here defines the problems of the revenge genre, and deals with fundamental moral questions about justice and the individual, while registering the strains of life in an increasingly fragile social hierarchy.
Four Revenge Tragedies
Language: en
Pages: 426
Authors: Katharine Eisaman Maus
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The Revenge Tragedy flourished in Britain in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Each of the four plays here defines the problems of the revenge genre, and deals with fundamental moral questions about justice and the individual, while registering the strains of life in an increasingly fragile social hierarchy.
Four Revenge Tragedies
Language: en
Pages: 600
Authors: Thomas Kyd, ANON ANON, John Ford, John Webster
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-05-08 - Publisher: A&C Black
Francis Bacon described revenge as a 'kind of wild justice'. Then as now, early modern playwrights and their theatre-going public were fascinated by the anarchic energies that a desire for retribution unleashes. Rather than rehearsing familiar conventions, each of these plays presents a unique social and cultural milieu where dark fantasies of revenge are variously played out. In Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy a grieving father seeks public justice for the murder of his son by envious princelings. When his attempts are thwarted he turns a court spectacle of murder into the 'real' thing. Blackly comic in its tone and style, The Revenger's Tragedy (anon.) presents vengeance as mimetic art, witty and cruel. Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore represents an innovative re-working of the genre as a brother's love for his sister leads to his spectacular revenge on his rival, her husband, in a society in which brutal retaliation for perceived wrong is the norm. In Webster's The White Devil crimes of passion ignite revenge in the courts of the Italian city states. This student edition contains fully annotated, modernized texts of each play together with an introduction discussing the dramatic and poetic style of each play, focusing on its
Innovation and Convention in Four Revenge Tragedies
Language: en
Pages: 438
Authors: Karl Francis Zender
Categories: Tragedy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1970 - Publisher:
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Four Revenge Tragedies
Language: en
Pages: 298
Authors: Thomas Kyd, Thomas Middleton, George Chapman
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-01-01 - Publisher: Digireads.Com
The four plays in this collection are a representative collection of dramas that exhibits the development of the Jacobean era revenge play. In "The Spanish Tragedy" we find the aftermath of a conflict between the Viceroy of Portugal and the Spanish empire. The death of Spanish officer Andrea prompts Horatio, Andrea's best friend, and Bel-imperia, who was in love with Andrea against her family's wishes, to seek revenge against Andrea's murderer, Balthazar, the Viceroy's son. "The Revenger's Tragedy" follows the young son of an Italian duke through his attempt to revenge the death of an elder through the rape of the beautiful Gloriana. "The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" concerns the story of Clermont D'Ambois whose brother Bussy has been gunned down in an ambush. Clermont becomes involved in a relationship with Tamyra, Bussy's former lover, who urges Clermont to take vengeance on her husband Montsurry, who is responsible for Bussy's murder. In "The Atheist's Tragedy" we find the story of D'Amville, a wealthy French nobleman and our titular atheist. D'Amville is a cynical, ruthless, and Machiavellian character who conspires to have his brother, the Baron Montferrers, killed and ruin his nephew, Charlemont, in order to gain the son's inheritance.
Four Revenge Tragedies (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy).
Language: en
Pages: 381
Authors: Thomas Kyd, Thomas Middleton, George Chapman
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013 - Publisher:
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Five Revenge Tragedies
Language: en
Pages: 419
Authors: William Shakespeare, Thomas Kyd, John Marston, Henry Chettle, Thomas Middleton
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Penguin UK
As the Elizabethan era gave way to the reign of James I, England grappled with corruption within the royal court and widespread religious anxiety. Dramatists responded with morally complex plays of dark wit and violent spectacle, exploring the nature of death, the abuse of power and vigilante justice. In Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy a father failed by the Spanish court seeks his own bloody retribution for his son's murder. Shakespeare's 1603 version of Hamlet creates an avenging Prince of unique psychological depth, while Chettle's The Tragedy of Hoffman is a fascinating reworking of Hamlet's themes, probably for a rival theatre company. In Marston's Antonio's Revenge, thwarted love leads inexorably to gory reprisals and in Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, malcontent Vindice unleashes an escalating orgy of mayhem on a debauched Duke for his bride's murder, in a ferocious satire reflecting the mounting disillusionment of the age. Emma Smith's introduction considers the political and religious climate behind the plays and the dramatic conventions within them. This edition includes a chronology, playwrights' biographies and suggestions for further reading.
'Frailty, thy name is woman': The depiction of women in The Revenger's Tragedy and in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Macbeth
Language: en
Pages: 20
Authors: Adriana Zühlke
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-01-14 - Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2.0, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, 9 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This paper deals with the question how women are depicted in English Renaissance drama, exemplified by the women inThe Revenger’s Tragedyand in Shakespeare’sHamletandMacbeth.It shall be examined which functions women in the drama fulfill and which conclusion their status allows. Of particular interest will be the concept of the ‘unruly woman’, who unites characteristics like mysteriousness, seductiveness and inexplicability. The analysis will show that none of the examined characters Gertrude, Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Lady Macduff, Gratiana, Gloriana, Castiza, Antonio’s wife and the Duchess are shaped plainly but ambivalently. Therefore, no explicitly good or evil female character can be identified. With regard to the widespread misogynistic view on women in the 17thcentury, this speaks for the dramas’ authors. However, various negative human features that are presented as typically female, will be taken into consideration and questioned as the basis for discussing the issue whether the dramatists can be rather regarded as feminists or sexists. Moreover, a short insight into the potential origins of the (male) perception of the Renaissance woman
Revenge Tragedy
Language: en
Pages: 268
Authors: Adriana Zühlke
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-14 - Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
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The Revenger's Tragedy: A Critical Reader
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Brian Walsh
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-10-20 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The Revenger's Tragedy is one of the most vital, important, and enduring tragedies of the Jacobean era, one of the few non-Shakespearean plays of that period that is still regularly revived on stage and taught in classrooms. The play is notable for its piercing insight into human depravity, its savage humour, and its florid theatricality. This collection of new essays offers students an invaluable overview of the play's critical and performance history as well as four critical essays offering a range of new perspectives.
Shakespeare, Revenge Tragedy and Early Modern Law
Language: en
Pages: 229
Authors: Derek Dunne
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-12 - Publisher: Springer
This book, the first to trace revenge tragedy's evolving dialogue with early modern law, draws on changing laws of evidence, food riots, piracy, and debates over royal prerogative. By taking the genre's legal potential seriously, it opens up the radical critique embedded in the revenge tragedies of Kyd, Shakespeare, Marston, Chettle and Middleton.