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Civil VengeanceLiterature, Culture, and Early Modern Revenge$
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Emily L. King

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501739651

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501739651.001.0001

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Playing the Long Game

(p.1) Introduction
Civil Vengeance

Emily L. King

Cornell University Press

The introduction establishes the primary attributes of civil vengeance and distinguishes it from traditional revenge. Relying on an examination of literary texts that include Shakespeare’s Hamlet and John Marston’s Antonio’s Revenge as well as early modern medical tracts, the introduction argues that civil vengeance transforms characters and subjects to withstand the superlative demands of civil vengeance.

Keywords:   traditional revenge, civil vengeance, Hamlet, Antonio’s Revenge, Shakespeare, John Marston, medical tracts

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