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Middleton: The Revenger's Tragedy

5. The Puzzle of Vindice

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In this module, we think about Vindice, the central character of the play and the “Revenger” of the play’s title. In particular, we think about his development as the play progresses, as well as looking at depictions of the character on stage and screen – including Christopher Eccleston in Alex Cox’s 2002 film.


In this course, we explore The Revenger’s Tragedy, a play which was written in the early years of the seventeenth century, but whose author is unknown. In the first two modules, we think generally about the Early Modern stage, before moving on in the final three modules to think about the play itself – its dramatic antecedents, its setting and language, and the presentation of its central character, the “Revenger” himself, Vindice.


Born in Bristol, and educated at Oxford and St Louis, Dr John Lennard has taught English, American, and Commonwealth Literature in Cambridge, London, and Jamaica over more than twenty years. He has written two widely used textbooks (on poetry and drama) and monographs on Shakespeare, Paul Scott, Nabokov, and Faulkner, as well as two collections of essays on contemporary genre writers in crime, science fiction and fantasy, and romance. Enthusiastic, discursive, widely knowledgeable, and a demon for punctuation (on which he has also published extensively), he has been a popular Summer School Course Leader and lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Education since 1992.

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Lennard, J. (2018, August 15). Middleton: The Revenger's Tragedy - The Puzzle of Vindice [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Lennard, J. "Middleton: The Revenger's Tragedy – The Puzzle of Vindice." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,