This book, the first to trace revenge tragedy's evolving dialogue with early modern law, draws on changing laws of evidence, food riots, piracy, and debates over royal prerogative. By taking the genre's legal potential seriously, it opens up the radical critique embedded in the revenge tragedies of Kyd, Shakespeare, Marston, Chettle and Middleton.
About the Author
Derek Dunne has taught at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Shakespeare's Globe, London, and Queen's University, Belfast. He has published on the mathematics of revenge, trial by jury in the early modern period, and the representation of women on trial. Derek's research interests span Shakespeare's contemporary dramatists, early modern Inns of Court culture, cony-catching pamphlets and counterfeiting.
Table of Contents
A Note on Texts
Introduction: Staging Justice
1. Vindictive Justice in Early Modern England
2. Correcting Justice with Vengeance in The Spanish Tragedy
3. Titus Andronicus: The Evidence of the Senses Under Threat
4. Antonio's Revenge, Riot, and Collective Action
5. Exceptional Hamlet and Resistance to Law
6. Piracy, Insurrection, and The Tragedy of Hoffman
7. The Revenger's Tragedy: Post-Participatory Justice
Conclusion: Participation and Vindication on the Early Modern Stage