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Forensic Rhetoric in Early Revenge Tragedy and Early Romantic Comedy: Kyd, Lyly, and Shakespeare

Lorna Hutson

in The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199212439
eISBN:
9780191707209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212439.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter examines the place of forensic rhetoric and of evidential uncertainty in two other innovative genres of the 1580s and 1590s: revenge tragedy and romantic comedy. In pre-Reformation ... More


Revenge Tragedy Revisited, 1649–1683 (1997)

John Kerrigan

in On Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature: Essays

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199248513
eISBN:
9780191697753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248513.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter discusses the concept of revenge tragedy. It is shown that there is a fascination with reciprocal violence and what it does to things, which is in reality a hallmark of revenge tragedy. ... More


Senecan Revenge

Robert S. Miola

in Shakespeare and Classical Tragedy: The Influence of Seneca

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112648
eISBN:
9780191670831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112648.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Because of the well sounding Phrases and speeches incorporated throughout Gorboduc — the first English revenge tragedy — Sir Philip Sidney believes that this tragedy effectively exemplifies the ... More


Accommodating the Dead: Hamlet and the Ends of Revenge

Michael Neill

in Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183860
eISBN:
9780191674112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183860.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Death assumes a variety of guises in Hamlet. Robert Watson argues that Hamlet, like all revenge tragedies, embodies a fantasy of overcoming death, its perennially compelling power deriving from ‘the ... More


‘Death's triumphal chariot’: Tragedy and Funeral

Michael Neill

in Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183860
eISBN:
9780191674112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183860.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The action of revenge tragedy often manifests acute anxieties about the proprieties of burial. It is from the initial failure to honour Andrea's obsequies that the vindictive action of The Spanish ... More


Setting Things Right: The Satisfactions of Revenge

Heather Hirschfeld

in The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452741
eISBN:
9780801470639
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452741.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter explores the notable reciprocity between revenge and repentance. This reciprocity, as well as the linguistic and conceptual pressures to which it was subjected during the Reformation, ... More


Sound in Mind and Body: Hearing Early Modern Revenge Tragedy

Allison K. Deutermann

in Listening for Theatrical Form in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474411264
eISBN:
9781474422154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411264.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter traces how revenge tragedy took shape on the early modern stage, outlining the model of violent, invasive hearing on which the genre would increasingly depend. Many late-sixteenth ... More


‘Caviare to the General’?: Taste, Hearing and Genre in Hamlet

Allison K. Deutermann

in Listening for Theatrical Form in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474411264
eISBN:
9781474422154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411264.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter turns to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, an early modern play deeply interested in, and highly self-consciously about, hearing. Possibly a revision of an earlier revenge tragedy, Hamlet is vitally ... More


‘Excess is her Disease’

Helen Slaney

in The Senecan Aesthetic: A Performance History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198736769
eISBN:
9780191800412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736769.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Once translated into English as the Tenne Tragedies, Seneca’s tragedies became available for vernacular English playwrights to imitate his style. Although they did not use Senecan plots, they ... More


Civil Vengeance: Literature, Culture, and Early Modern Revenge

Emily L. King

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781501739651
eISBN:
9781501739668
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501739651.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Civil Vengeance offers a new way of conceptualizing early modern revenge and its relationship to civility. In its attention to what constitutes vengeance, the book makes visible a more comprehensive ... More


Introduction: ‘Audiences to this Act’

Allison K. Deutermann

in Listening for Theatrical Form in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474411264
eISBN:
9781474422154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411264.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The book’s introduction maps out its contribution to ongoing critical conversations surrounding literary form, the history of the body and the senses, the experience and effects of sound, and ... More


Hamlet, Hunting, and the Nature of Things

Rhodri Lewis

in Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691204512
eISBN:
9780691210926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691204512.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter examines William Shakespeare's repudiation of the Ciceronian-humanist model through Hamlet's pervasive (and hitherto all but ignored) discourse of hunting, fowling, falconry, and ... More


Hamlet with the confessional and succession politics left in

Peter Lake

in Hamlet's Choice: Religion and Resistance in Shakespeare's Revenge Tragedies

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780300247817
eISBN:
9780300256703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300247817.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter concentrates on the play “Hamlet,” which is conventionally regarded as a revenge tragedy. It reviews the critical commentary that that centred on the topos of Hamlet's “delay” that was ... More


Epilogue: Mercenaries and the Modern Military

Simpson Erik

in Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830: Writing, Fighting, and Marrying for Money

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748636440
eISBN:
9780748651603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636440.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter takes a look at revenge tragedy and the representations of mercenaries. It comments on two constructions of the term ‘mercenary’ and shows why the mercenary has become a problematic ... More


Succession and confessional politics combined

Peter Lake

in Hamlet's Choice: Religion and Resistance in Shakespeare's Revenge Tragedies

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780300247817
eISBN:
9780300256703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300247817.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter focuses on the play “Titus Andronicus,” which is considered not merely a revenge tragedy. It explains how Titus is suffused with evocations and references to the Aeneid and central ... More


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