‘[N]or bear I in this breast / So much cold spirit to be called a woman’: The Queerness of Female Revenge in The Maid’s Tragedy

Graham, K.M. 2018. ‘[N]or bear I in this breast / So much cold spirit to be called a woman’: The Queerness of Female Revenge in The Maid’s Tragedy. Early Theatre. 21 (1), pp. 107-126. https://doi.org/10.12745/et.21.1.3257

Title‘[N]or bear I in this breast / So much cold spirit to be called a woman’: The Queerness of Female Revenge in The Maid’s Tragedy
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGraham, K.M.
Abstract

In Beaumont and Fletcher’s The Maid’s Tragedy, we find Evadne, a female revenger who violently acts, avenging herself and the men around her. In this article, I offer a consideration of Evadne which argues that the representational strategies of the play trouble our understanding of her gender, showing it as constructed via a nexus of sometimes contradictory fixations, fixations which are articulated through a rhetoric of bodies. Throughout this consideration, I connect this nexus to her proximity to, and enacting of, revenge.

KeywordsThe Maid's Tragedy; Revenge; Early Modern Revenge Tragedy; Queer
JournalEarly Theatre
Journal citation21 (1), pp. 107-126
ISSN1206-9078
Year2018
PublisherEarly Theatre
Accepted author manuscript
Publisher's version
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12745/et.21.1.3257
Publication dates
Published22 Jan 2018

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