Presenter(s): Lydia Huth
Title: Sin Robed in Holiness: Gunpowder and Religious Corruption in The Revenger’s Tragedy
Developed under the guidance of Dr. Donna Waldron , English
The year is 1607, and Britain has faced the death of a queen, the combination of two monarchies, and an attempted assassination that shook the foundation of Parliament. This is the world of The Revenger’s Tragedy, a revenge drama serving as both onstage catharsis and a symbolic representation of its environment. Linking imagery in The Revenger’s Tragedy directly to its religious climate sheds light on the protagonist’s murderous vengeance, revealing a biting social commentary on Jacobean Catholics and the motivations behind the Gunpowder Plot.