Exploring Genre: Revenge Tragedy

Author: Barbara Stanners, Publisher: Phoenix

Each title in this series of teacher resource books, intended for use with students in middle and senior secondary years, starts with a detailed definition of the genre, followed by an examination of a wide range of texts with:

  • background information
  • information about text and context
  • ideas on genre conventions, representation of themes, characters, style
  • suggestions and strategies for dealing with the texts
  • a wide range of student activities to suit different year levels, with emphasis on what is being said and how it is being said, with questions
  • response tasks

Exploring Genre: Revenge Tragedy is an invaluable resource with in depth analysis and student exercises to help students analyse, question, interpret and articulate their understanding of the text.



  • Defining Tragedy
  • Evolution of the Genre
  • Typical Conventions and Motifs

Classic Tragedy

  • Electra
  • Medea

Renaissance “Blood Tragedy”

  • The Spanish Tragedy
  • Hamlet
  • The Revenger’s Tragedy

Gothic Vengeance

  • Frankenstein
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Poe-The Cask of Amontillado
  • Browning – Soliloquy at a Spanish Cloister
  • The Vendetta-Guy de Maupassant
  • The Poison Tree – William Blake

Contemporary Revenge Tragedy

  • The Tragedy of the Common Man
  • High Noon
  • The Crucible
  • Daddy
  • Cell Block Tango – Chicago
  • Black Medea

Cinematic Vengeance

  • Memento
  • Road to Perdition
  • Revengers Tragedy

Responding and Composing

  • Responding to Revenge Tragedy
  • Sample Student Response
More Information
Year Level Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Date of Publication 2007
ISBN 9781921085437
Subject English