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Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Lesel Dawson and Fiona McHardy


This collection focuses on the complex interrelationship of revenge and gender in ancient Greek and Roman literature, Icelandic sagas and medieval and early modern English literature. It probes revenge’s gendering, its role in consolidating and contesting gender norms, and its relation to friendship, family roles and kinship structures. It argues that while revenge frequently functions as a repressive cultural script that reinforces conservative gender roles, it also repeatedly triggers events that disturb gender norms, blurring conventional male/female and animal/human binaries, and provoking ... More

Keywords: revenge, gender, kinship, cursing, gossip, grief, lamentation, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474414098
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414098.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lesel Dawson, editor
University of Bristol

Fiona McHardy, editor
University of Roehampton

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Part I The Gendering of Revenge

Part II Friends and Family – ‘Revenging Home’

Part III Women’s Weapons

Part IV Women Transmogrified

Part V Lamentation, Gender Roles and Vengeance