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Re: Sweet Revenge
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0257  Thursday, 26 March 1998.

[1]     From:   William Cain <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 Mar 1998 09:39:13 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Revenge

[2]     From:   Tom Bishop <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 Mar 1998 10:39:47 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0252  Re: Sweet Revenge

[3]     From:   An Sonjae <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 Mar 1998 09:07:35 +0900 (KST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0252  Re: Sweet Revenge


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From:           William Cain <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Mar 1998 09:39:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Revenge

A powerful, tragic, unnerving book on this theme is Maxwell Philip,
Emmanuel Appadocca:, or The Blighted Life: A Tale of the Boucaneers.
This novel, by a Trinidadian lawyer-activist named Maxwell Philip
(1829-1888), was first published in 1854. It faded from literary history
and has only recently been rediscovered.  It tells the story of a
mulatto son's quest for vengeance against his white father, a sugar
planter who abandoned him and his mother. The action takes place on the
high seas of the Caribbean, on board a pirate ship named The Black
Schooner that the fiercely brilliant young man Appadocca commands.

The violent, soaring rhetoric of this novel will remind readers of
Carlyle, Melville, Greek tragedy (the title-page has an epigraph in
Greek from Euripides), among others. And, especially, Shakespeare-every
chapter has an epigraph from one of the plays.

I helped to co-edit the reprint (Univ.  of Massachusetts Press, 1997) of
this novel.  But the credit for rediscovering it belongs to my coeditor
& Wellesley colleague, Selwyn R. Cudjoe.

                Bill Cain

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From:           Tom Bishop <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Mar 1998 10:39:47 -0400
Subject: 9.0252  Re: Sweet Revenge
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0252  Re: Sweet Revenge

On the subject of revenge, I would also recommend, along with the books
cited so far, the excellent chapter on Kyd and Shakespeare in Peter
Sacks, "The English Elegy".

Tom Bishop

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From:           An Sonjae <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Mar 1998 09:07:35 +0900 (KST)
Subject: 9.0252  Re: Sweet Revenge
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0252  Re: Sweet Revenge

A study I found very suggestive is Peter Mercer's 'Hamlet and the Acting
of Revenge' Macmillan 1987 ISBN 0-333-43333-5. It situates Hamlet in the
broad context of English Revenge Drama, with whole chapters on each of
the main plays and an appendix on Revenge in Early English Tragedy.

An Sonjae,
Sogang University, Seoul
 

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