Monday 21 July 2014

ENGL 31761: Revenge Tragedy: Wild Justice on the English Renaissance Stage

ENGL 31761: Revenge Tragedy: Wild Justice on the English Renaissance Stage


Primary reading


Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy

Shakespeare, Hamlet

Middleton(?), The Revenger’s Tragedy

Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

Webster, The White Devil

Middleton, Women Beware Women

Middleton and Rowley, The Changeling

Ford, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore


All of the primary texts apart from Hamlet are in David Bevington (ed.), English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology (W. W. Norton, 2002).


For Hamlet, I recommend either the Arden edition, eds Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor or the Oxford edition, ed. G. R. Hibbard.


Suggested Background Reading


Fredson Thayer Bowers, Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy, 1587-1642 (1959)

Michael Neill, ‘English Revenge Tragedy’, Rebecca Bushnell (ed), A Companion to Tragedy (2005)

Janet Clare, Revenge Tragedies of the Renaissance (2006)

Eugene D. Hill, ‘Revenge Tragedy’, A Companion to Renaissance Drama ed. Arthur F. Kinney (2002)

Stevie Simkin, Revenge Tragedy: A Casebook (2001)

John Kerrigan, Revenge Tragedy: Aeschylus to Armageddon (1997)

Tanya Pollard, ‘Tragedy and revenge’, The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy eds Emma Smith and Garrett A. Sullivan Jr (2010).




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