|Title||‘You mean some strange revenge’: The Jacobean Intersections of Revenge and the Strange|
In Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy, we learn that a revenger must be “strange-disposed” or “strange-composed” (1.1.86/96), and in Beaumont and Fletcher’s The Maid’s Tragedy the vengeful Amintor claims “[w]hat a strange thing am I” (2.1.298). In these utterances, the speakers tie their desires for vengeance into their affective state. As both plays progress however, the evocations of strangeness shift, moving from an association with the revenger to an association with the act of revenge itself.
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