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Civil Vengeance: Literature, Culture, and Early Modern Revenge

Emily L. King


Civil Vengeance offers a new way of conceptualizing early modern revenge and its relationship to civility. In its attention to what constitutes vengeance, the book makes visible a more comprehensive spectrum of retaliation and examines quotidian acts of revenge that support sociality and enhance the power of civil institutions. Rather than relegating vengeance to the social periphery, the book uncovers how facets of civil society—church, law, and education—rely on the dynamic of revenge to augment their power. Through its innovative readings of conduct manuals, medical tracts, legal writings, ... More

Keywords: civility, revenge, civil vengeance, revenge tragedy, early modern England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739651
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739651.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily L. King, author
Louisiana State University