Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 January 2019

320 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474440264

Bookseller Code (06)

Revenge Tragedy and Classical Philosophy on the Early Modern Stage

Christopher Crosbie

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy

  • Analyzes the twentieth-century development of revenge tragedy as a genre, and diagnoses the roots of modern criticism's tendency to treat most philosophy as estranged from the violent work of revenge
  • Provides fresh readings of five plays central to the revenge tragedy genre, paying close attention to the conditioning influence of classical philosophy on their narratives of retribution
  • Reveals how revenge tragedy's distinctive 'moods' or 'atmospheres' emerge from fully-realized sets of ontological assumptions which help shape reception of retribution on the early modern stage
  • Develops new reception histories for five classical philosophical doctrines, revealing their currency and, what's more, radical adaptability within early modern England