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Revenge Tragedies

Edited by Bente A. Videbæk

ISBN 0967912156

Price $28.95

About the Book
This collection of four revenge tragedies is the first of a series of a Shakespeare in Context volumes, which considers the plays of William Shakespeare as part of the intellectual climate of his day and here presents his Hamlet with Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Cyril Tourneur’s The Revenger’s Tragedy, and Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s The Maid’s Tragedy. The first part of the general introduction explores Renaissance revenge tragedy’s relationship to Seneca’s revenge drama and traces the development of the genre; the second part presents the reader with the theatrical climate of the times and gives an overview of the actual stage and its possibilities. The four plays and their playwrights are individually introduced, and all texts are newly edited, annotated, and modernized. A short section of contemporary views on revenge and a glossary at the end of the book should prove helpful for students exploring the revenge tragedy sub-genre.
About the Editor
Bente A. Videbæk is the author of The Stage Clown in Shakespeare’s Theatre, Greenwood Press, 1996, and a short-take on the “Mousetrap” in Kliman’s collection, Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s Hamlet, MLA, 2001. She is a lecturer at the State University of New York at Stonybrook.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
To Students and Colleagues
General Introduction
Revenge and Revenge Tragedy
The Development of Revenge Tragedy
The Playhouses, Players, and Plays
Special Acknowledgements
Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy
Introductory Remarks
The Text of the Play
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Introductory Remarks
The Text of the Play
Cyril Tourneur, The Revenger’s Tragedy
Introductory Remarks
The Text of the Play
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, The Maid’s Tragedy
Introductory Remarks
The Text of the Play
Texts in Context
A Few Useful Websites