Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Spillane and misogyny and revenge

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 12 Jul 2006

Joy wrote:

Is whatever is today's equivalent of this "men's fiction" still based on this revenge theme? Or was it peculiar to that era? In either case, why?

*********** Revenge has been a recurrent theme throughout the history of literature. Gilgamesh, Beowulf, Dante, and Shakespeare all explore it as a theme. And as far as the reason why, Al has pretty much covered that. Justice is a legal form of revenge against the guilty.
 When the judicial system is deemed inadequate, vigilantism is a common result in hardboiled writing.


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