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Author Keyishian, Harry.

Title The shapes of revenge : victimization, vengeance, and vindictiveness in Shakespeare / Harry Keyishian.

Publication Info. Amherst, N.Y. : Humanity Books, 2003.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  828 S527YKEY    Check Shelf
Description ix, 182 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-179) and index.
Contents Victimization and revenge : Renaissance voices -- Redemptive revenge in Titus Andronicus and The rape of Lucrece -- Problematic revenge in Hamlet and King Lear -- Destructive revenge in Julius Caesar and Othello -- Vindictiveness -- Varieties of revenge in the first tetralogy -- False investments : Leontes and Timon -- Solving the problem.
Summary This approach to Shakespeare's treatment of revenge emphasizes the psychology of revenge and, in particular, the relationship of revenge to the experience of victimization. Instead of assuming that dramatic avengers reflect mental imbalance to be condemned for moral and civil offenses, Keyishian treats revenge as a strategy by which victims strive to restore personal integrity and recover from feelings of powerlessness, violation, and injustice. Keyishian bases his discussion on Renaissance theories about the proper and beneficial role of the passions, from Aristotle and Aquinas to Francis Bacon, Niccolo Machiavelli, and others. His study ranges from authentic and redemptive avengers like Macduff to purely vindictive ones like Iago.
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Villains.
Revenge in literature.
Victims in literature.
Villains in literature.
Shakespeare, William.
Rache <Motiv>
ISBN 1591022169 (paperback)
9781591022169 (paperback)
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