‘You Mean Some Strange Revenge’

Graham, K. 2022. ‘You Mean Some Strange Revenge’. Critical Survey. 34 (2), pp. 39-51. https://doi.org/10.3167/cs.2022.340204

Title‘You Mean Some Strange Revenge’
AuthorsGraham, K.
AbstractIn Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy, we learn that a revenger must be ‘strange-disposed’ or ‘strange-composed’ (1.1.86/96), and in Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s The Maid’s Tragedy the vengeful Amintor claims ‘what 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. In working to unpack the interrelationships between the revenger, the strangeness of their affective experience and the strangeness of the act of revenge itself, this article considers what questions these plays ask regarding the tension between embodiment and disembodiment in the act of revenge.
KeywordsLiterature and Literary Theory
Cultural Studies
JournalCritical Survey
Journal citation34 (2), pp. 39-51
PublisherBerghahn Books
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3167/cs.2022.340204
Publication dates01 Mar 2022
Published in print01 Mar 2022

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