Early Modern Literature in History

Shakespeare, Revenge Tragedy and Early Modern Law

Vindictive Justice

Authors: Dunne, Derek

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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.

About the authors

Derek Dunne has taught at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Shakespeare's Globe, London, and Queen's University, Belfast. He has published on the mathematics of revenge, trial by jury in the early modern period, and the representation of women on trial. Derek's research interests span Shakespeare's contemporary dramatists, early modern Inns of Court culture, cony-catching pamphlets and counterfeiting.

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“This monograph offers a striking perspective on revenge tragedy by placing the genre within the combined field of law and literature. … The monograph is an invaluable resource for scholars of early modern theatre as well as legal and social historians.” (Jessica Apolloni, Early Theatre, Vol. 21 (1), 2018)

“The book’s narrow focus excludes plays relevant to questions about justice that would illuminate both Dunne’s general argument and the largely unquestioned definition of revenge tragedy that the book depends on. Dunne’s book opens up questions about the theater’s engagement with the law that extend well beyond the confines of revenge tragedy.” (Edward Gieskes, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 70 (3), 2017)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespeare, Revenge Tragedy and Early Modern Law
Book Subtitle
Vindictive Justice
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Literature in History
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57287-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-57287-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57286-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 229
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