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Women and revenge in Shakespeare 1 edition

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Can 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, honor 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.

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Women and revenge in Shakespeare
gender, genre, and ethics
Marguerite A. Tassi

Published 2011 by Susquehanna University Press in Selinsgrove, PA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Women and revenge: some literary, iconographic, and intellectual foundations
Valorous tongues, lamenting voices: the expressive ethics of female inciters in Shakespeare's plays
Reporting the women's causes aright: wounded names and revenge narratives in Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, and Much ado about nothing
Hecuba's legacy: wounded maternity and vengeance in the First tetralogy and Titus Andronicus
"Revenging home": Cordelia and the virtue of vengeance
Twelfth night, or what Maria wills
Feminine vindication and the social drama of revenge in The merry wives of Windsor
The quality of revenge: debt, reciprocity, and Portia's "vantage" in The merchant of Venice
Women's gall, women's grace: female friendship, moral rebuke, and the vindictive passions

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


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PR2991 .T37 2011

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344 p.
25 x x centimeters

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