"`Tis murder's best face, when a vizard's on!": Morality and Metadrama in Renaissance Revenge Tragedy
Degree awarded: M.A. Literature. American University This thesis analyzes the intersection of the genre of revenge tragedy with contemporary cultural ambivalence regarding drama and the use of disguise. By juxtaposing two seminal revenge plays, Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy and Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, with contemporary antitheatrical texts, this study arguesthat revenge plays support antitheatrical critiques at the level of plot, but celebrate drama andinventiveness in their excessive metatheatricality.