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- DescriptionCan there be a virtue in vengeance? Can revenge do ethical work? Can revenge be the obligation of women? This wide-ranging literary study looks at Shakespeare's women and finds bold answers to questions such as these. A surprising number of Shakespeare's female characters respond to moral outrages by expressing a strong desire for vengeance. This book's analysis of these characters and their circumstances offers incisive critical perceptions of feminine anger, ethics, and agency and challenges our assumptions about the role of gender in revenge. In this provocative book, Marguerite A. Tassi counters longstanding critical opinions on revenge: that it is the sole province of men in Western literature and culture, that it is a barbaric, morally depraved, irrational instinct, and that it is antithetical to justice. Countless examples have been mined from Shakespeare's dramas to reveal women's profound concerns with revenge and justice, hor and shame, crime and punishment. In placing the critical focus on avenging women, this book significantly redresses a gender imbalance in scholarly treatments of revenge, particularly in early modern literature.
- Author BiographyMarguerite A. Tassi is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She received her BA degree from Columbia University, MA from the University of Virginia, and PhD from The Claremont Graduate School. She is the author of The Scandal of Images: Iconoclasm, Eroticism, and Painting in Early Modern English Drama (SUP).
- Author(s)Marguerite A. Tassi
- PublisherAssociated University Presses
- Date of Publication15/08/2011
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCranbury
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSusquehanna University Press
- Weight708 g
- Width159 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine31 mm
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