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Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: Worlds Apart

    1. Stevie Simkin
      Pages 1-17
  3. Justice and Revenge

  4. Gender and Violence

  5. Death and the Damaged Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Stevie Simkin
      Pages 167-177
    3. Stevie Simkin
      Pages 178-197
    4. Stevie Simkin
      Pages 198-212
  6. Conclusion: Gendered Revenge

    1. Stevie Simkin
      Pages 213-221
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 222-264

About this book


This study considers parallel issues in revenge tragedies of the early seventeenth-century and violent cinema of the last thirty years. It offers a series of provocative explorations of death, revenge and justice, and gender and violence. What happens when we connect The White Devil with Basic Instinct ? The Changeling or Titus Andronicus with Straw Dogs ? Doctor Faustus with Se7en ? Taxi Driver with The Spanish Tragedy ? Appealing to those with an interest in either drama or film, written in an engaging style, the book also reconsiders the high /popular culture divide, and reflects on the enduring significance of the revenge motif in Western culture over the past four hundred years, particularly in the post 9/11 context.


cinema culture drama film gender oral discourse tragedy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WinchesterUK

About the authors

STEVIE SIMKIN is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Winchester, UK. His previous publications include A Preface to Marlowe, Marlowe: The Stage Plays and Revenge Tragedy: A New Casebook. He has particular interests in politicized approaches to staging the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and in Hollywood film.

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