The Revenger's Tragedy is one of the most vital, important, and enduring tragedies of the Jacobean era, one of the few non-Shakespearean plays of that period that is still regularly revived on stage and taught in classrooms. The play is notable for its piercing insight into human depravity, its savage humour, and its florid theatricality. This collection of new essays offers students an invaluable overview of the play's critical and performance history as well as four critical essays offering a range of new perspectives.
About the Author
Brian Walsh is Associate Professor of English at Yale University. He is the author of Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History as well as of several articles and book chapters on Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists.
Table of Contents
The Revenger's Tragedy timeline
1. The Critical Backstory
2. Performance History
3. The State of the Art
4. New Directions i) The Revenger's Tragedy without Middleton'
ii) The salvation of my oath': Contractual Relationships and the Operation of Grace in Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy
iii) The Revenger's Tragedy: Affairs between Men iv) The Ends of Mourbaning: Middleton and Benjamin;