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Revenge Tragedy: Aeschylus to Armageddon

John Kerrigan


Revenge has long been central to European culture. From Homer to Nietzsche, St Paul to Sylvia Plath, numerous major authors have been fascinated by its emotional intensity, and by the questions which it raises about violence, sexuality, death, and the nature of justice. This book explores the literature of vengeance from Greek tragedy to postmodernism, using material in several languages, as well as through opera, painting, and film, while opening new perspectives on such familiar English works as Hamlet, Clarissa, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. By means of broad historical analysis, b ... More

Keywords: revenge, European culture, Homer, Nietzsche, St Paul, Sylvia Plath, emotional intensity, violence, sexuality, death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184515
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Kerrigan, author