"Their hour will be his hour" : Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed and the Conventions of Renaissance Revenge Plays


KRAJNÍK Filip WEISS Michaela

Rok publikování 2021
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Hradec Králové Journal of Anglophone Studies
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

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Klíčová slova Margaret Atwood; Hag-Seed; William Shakespeare; The Tempest; revenge tragedy; early-modern English theatre
Popis Although an openly radical re-imagination of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed (2016) is in many ways faithful to the Renaissance roots of its model. Streamlining the convoluted plot of the original and narrating it chiefly from the perspective of the story’s protagonist, Felix Phillips (the “Prospero” of the novel), Atwood’s text is centred on the motifs of (in)justice and personal revenge. This article argues that to emphasise her interpretation of the Shakespeare play, Atwood employs a number of conventional elements of Elizabethan and Jacobean revenge plays – such as the metatheatrical techniques, the strong character of the avenger, the presence of the ghost and the avenger’s death – making her novel not only a modernised version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, but also a revival, of a kind, of a whole dramatic genre, whose popularity peaked in the late 16th and early 17th centuries and whose conventions permeate the structure of Hag-Seed’s narrative.
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