Revenge (TRU3040)

30 credits

Revenge has a long and significant cultural history, as suggested by its thematic prominence in Western literature. From early narratives of divine vengeance, to the modern fascination with retribution and vigilante justice, revenge has been and is a subject that both horrifies and fascinates authors and readers. Within literature, the depiction of revenge raises important questions about authorship, gender, society, faith, and life after death. This optional module will consider the significance of revenge tropes in a selection of Western literary texts, and explore how such revenge narratives frame social, cultural and spiritual issues that continue to preoccupy us today.