Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence

  • Stevie Simkin

Table of contents

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

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  3. Justice and Revenge

  4. Gender and Violence

  5. Death and the Damaged Body

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  6. Conclusion: Gendered Revenge

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  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

  • Stevie Simkin
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  1. 1.University of WinchesterUK

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