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Revenge Tragedy by Stevie Simkin


Revenge Tragedy by Stevie Simkin

Revenge has been an issue in all societies from ancient times to the present day. In western culture, the revenge plot has been one of the linchpins of narrative structure, it is central to much Greek tragedy and was immensely popular in Elizabethan and Jacobean theatres. In this volume Stevie Simkin has collected essays on five plays which are representative of this genre: The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Changeling, The White Devil and 'Tis Pity She's A Whore. These plays are a rich source of ideas about Renaissance society and politics; recurrent issues include sexuality, the complex relations of gender and power, and the relationship between the individual and the state. The collection as a whole demonstrates a variety of recent critical approaches to the genre, including feminist, psychoanalytic, new historicist and cultural materialist viewpoints, inspiring students to revisit these plays and to engage directly with the politics of the past and present, and the ways in which they interrelate.


'The collection is a great asset not only to the examination of the revenge tragedy genre but also to the exploration of late twentieth century critical approaches such as poststructuralism, feminism, post-colonialism, new historicism, cultural materialism, and performance theory...Simkin's hand as an editor is present in helpful and instructive ways in this collection. The introduction is informative and straightforward. But more importantly, his notes at the end of each essay are pithy and thorough. He situates the articles within larger theoretical and methodological discussions, often highlighting any innovative elements within the argument. These summaries will be invaluable for students delving into contemporary criticism for the first time.' - Ayanna Thompson, University of New Mexico, Early Modern Literary Studies'

About the Author

STEVIE SIMKIN is Senior Lecturer in Drama in the School of Community and Performing Arts at King Alfred's College, WInchester.

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Publication date

12th June 2001


Stevie Simkin

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Palgrave Macmillan


268 pages


Literary studies: plays & playwrights
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800



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