Titus Andronicus The State of Play

Titus Andronicus  The State of Play
Author: Farah Karim Cooper
Publsiher: Arden Shakespeare
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2020-08-20
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781350178786

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Shakespeare's and Peele's Titus Andronicus has had a theatrical and a critical revival in the last fifteen years; the critical revival was perhaps prompted by Jonathan Bate's Arden edition of the play and its revision of the traditional critical account that it is an immature work and overly sensationalistic with its emphasis on non-essential violence. Recent debates and approaches have drawn closer attention to the play's classicism; re-defined its genre (for example the revised edition of the New Dramatic Sources will re-classify the play as one of Shakespeare's Roman plays); re-considered the nature of violent spectacle, family relations and kinship, political alliance, race and miscegenation. This study will explore how the revitalized critical responses to early modern and contemporary performance histories has had a significant impact upon the wider reception of this play.

Shakespeare and Disgust

Shakespeare and Disgust
Author: Bradley J. Irish
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 281
Release: 2023-02-09
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1350214019

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Drawing on both historical analysis and theories from the modern affective sciences, Shakespeare and Disgust argues that the experience of revulsion is one of Shakespeare's central dramatic concerns. Known as the 'gatekeeper emotion', disgust is the affective process through which humans protect the boundaries of their physical bodies from material contaminants and their social bodies from moral contaminants. Accordingly, the emotion provided Shakespeare with a master category of compositional tools – poetic images, thematic considerations and narrative possibilities – to interrogate the violation and preservation of such boundaries, whether in the form of compromised bodies, compromised moral actors or compromised social orders. Designed to offer both focused readings and birds-eye coverage, this volume alternates between chapters devoted to the sustained analysis of revulsion in specific plays (Titus Andronicus, Timon of Athens, Coriolanus, Othello and Hamlet) and chapters presenting a general overview of Shakespeare's engagement with certain kinds of prototypical disgust elicitors, including food, disease, bodily violation, race and sex disgust. Disgust, the book argues, is one of the central engines of human behaviour – and, somewhat surprisingly, it must be seen as a centrepiece of Shakespeare's affective universe.

Pregnant Bodies from Shakespeare to Ford

Pregnant Bodies from Shakespeare to Ford
Author: Katarzyna Burzyńska
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-03-24
Genre: Drama
ISBN: 1000551911

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This book explores how the pregnant body is portrayed, perceived and enacted in Shakespeare’s and his contemporaries’ drama by means of a phenomenological analysis and a recourse to early modern popular medical discourse on reproduction. Phenomenology of pregnancy is a fairly new and radical body of philosophy that questions the post-Cartesian chasm of an almost autonomous reason and an enclosed and self-sufficient (male) body as foundations of identity. Early modern drama, as is argued, was written and staged at the backdrop of revolutionary changes in medicine and science where old and new theories on the embodied self-clashed. In this world where more and more men were expected to steadily grow isolated from their bodies, the pregnant body constituted an embattled contradiction. Indebted to the theories of embodiment this book offers a meticulous and detailed investigation of a plethora of pregnant characters and their “pregnant embodiment” in the pre-modern works by Shakespeare, Middleton, Webster and Ford. The analysis in each chapter argues for an indivisible link between an intensely embodied experience of pregnancy as enacted in space and identity-shaping processes resulting in a more acute sense of selfhood and agency. Despite seemingly disparate experiences of the selected heroines and the repeated attempts at containment of their “unruly” bodies, the ever transforming and “spatial” pregnant identities remain loci of embodied selfhood and agency. This book provocatively argues that fictional characters’ experience reflects tangible realities of early modern women, while often deflecting the scientific consensus on reproduction in the period.

Shakespeare on the Shades of Racism

Shakespeare on the Shades of Racism
Author: Ruben Espinosa
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2021-06-24
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0429595344

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Shakespeare on the Shades of Racism examines Shakespeare in relation to ongoing conversations that interrogate the vulnerability of Black and brown people amid oppressive structures that aim to devalue their worth. By focusing on the way these individuals are racialized, politicized, policed, and often violated in our contemporary world, it casts light on dimensions of Shakespeare’s work that afford us a better understanding of our ethical responsibilities in the face of such brutal racism. Shakespeare on the Shades of Racism is divided into seven short chapters that cast light on contemporary issues regarding racism in our day. Some salient topics that these chapters address include the murder of unarmed Black men and women, the militarization of the U.S. Mexico border, anti-immigrant laws, exclusionary measures aimed at Syrian refugees, inequities in healthcare and safety for women of color, international trends that promote white nationalism, and the dangers of complicity when it comes to racist paradigms. By bringing these contemporary issues into conversation with a wide range of plays that span the many genres in which Shakespeare wrote throughout his career, these chapters demonstrate how the widespread racism and discord within our present moment stands to infuse with urgent meaning Shakespeare’s attention to the (in)humanity of strangers, the ethics of hospitality, the perils of insularity, abuses of power, and the vulnerability of the political state and its subjects. The book puts into conversation Shakespeare with present-day events and cultural products surrounding topics of race, ethnicity, xenophobia, immigration, asylum, assimilation, and nationalism as a means of illuminating Shakespeare’s cultural and literary significance in relation to these issues. It should be an essential read for all students of literary studies and Shakespeare.

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus
Author: William Shakespeare
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 323
Release: 2011-08-23
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 1451644639

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Titus Andronicus is the earliest tragedy and the earliest Roman play attributed to Shakespeare. Titus, a model Roman, has led 21 of his 25 sons to death in Rome's wars; he stabs another son to death for what he views as disloyalty to Rome. Yet Rome has become "a wilderness of tigers." After a death sentence is imposed on two of his three remaining sons, and his daughter is raped and mutilated, Titus turns his loyalty toward his family. Aaron the Moor, a magnificent villain and the empress's secret lover, makes a similar transition. After the empress bears him a child, Aaron devotes himself to preserving the baby. Retaining his thirst for evil, he shows great tenderness to his little family—a tenderness that also characterizes Titus before the terrifying conclusion. The authoritative edition of Titus Andronicus from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook. Features include: · The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference · Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play · Scene-by-scene plot summaries · A key to famous lines and phrases · An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

Shakespeare and Senecan Tragedy

Shakespeare and Senecan Tragedy
Author: Curtis Perry
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages:
Release: 2020-10-31
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 110885348X

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Shakespeare's tragic characters have often been seen as forerunners of modern personhood. It has been assumed that Shakespeare was able to invent such lifelike figures in part because of his freedom from the restrictions of classical form. Curtis Perry instead argues that characters such as Hamlet and King Lear have seemed modern to us in part because they are so robustly connected to the tradition of Senecan tragedy. Resituating Shakespearean tragedy in this way - as backward looking as well as forward looking - makes it possible to recover a crucial political dimension. Shakespeare saw Seneca as a representative voice from post-republican Rome: in plays such as Coriolanus and Othello he uses Senecan modes of characterization to explore questions of identity in relation to failures of republican community. This study has important implications for the way we understand character, community, and alterity in early modern drama.

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus
Author: Philip C. Kolin
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 538
Release: 2015-04-10
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1317532376

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Originally published in 1995. In three parts – introduction, criticism and reviews – this volume examines the goriest of Shakespeare’s works. The editor’s exhaustive introduction runs through the pattern of changing scholarship and commentary, introducing the key interests in the play, from its authorship to its language, rhetoric and performance. Early commentaries focused on arguing about whether the play was truly Shakespeare’s. A selection of the most important of these are included here followed by later investigations looking at myriad topics and characters – revenge, violence, race, Aaron, women, tragedy and Tamora. The large section of reviews of stage performances, arranged chronologically, ranges from 1857 to 1990. Two final pieces interestingly survey stage history of Titus in Japan and in Germany.

Shakespeare s Foreign Queens

Shakespeare   s Foreign Queens
Author: Sandra Logan
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 279
Release: 2018-05-11
Genre: History
ISBN: 1137534842

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This book examines Shakespeare’s depiction of foreign queens as he uses them to reveal and embody tensions within early modern English politics. Linking early modern and contemporary political theory and concerns through the concepts of fragmented identity, hospitality, citizenship, and banishment, Sandra Logan takes up a set of questions not widely addressed by scholars of early modern queenship. How does Shakespeare’s representation of these queens challenge the opposition between friend and enemy that ostensibly defines the context of the political? And how do these queens expose the abusive potential of the sovereign? Focusing on Katherine of Aragon in Henry VIII, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, and Margaret in the first history tetralogy, Logan considers them as means for exploring conditions of vulnerability, alienation, and exclusion common to subjects of every social position, exposing the sovereign himself as the true enemy of the state.

Plato s Republic and Shakespeare s Rome

Plato s Republic and Shakespeare s Rome
Author: Barbara L. Parker
Publsiher: University of Delaware Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2004
Genre: English drama
ISBN: 9780874138610

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This study contends that Plato's theory of constitutional decline provides the philosophical core of Shakespeare's Roman works; that Lucrece, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra form a "Platonic" tetralogy collectively spanning the stages of timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and tyrrany; that this decline is prefigured and encapsulated in Titus Andronicus; and that all five works are oblique commentaries on England's political milieu. --book jacket.

Shakespeare Survey

Shakespeare Survey
Author: Kenneth Muir
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2002-11-28
Genre: Drama
ISBN: 9780521523646

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The first fifty volumes of this yearbook of Shakespeare studies are being reissued in paperback.

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare Book Analysis

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare  Book Analysis
Author: Bright Summaries
Publsiher: BrightSummaries.com
Total Pages: 22
Release: 2018-12-13
Genre: Study Aids
ISBN: 2808012780

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Titus Andronicus with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare, a revenge tragedy that continues to shock audiences with its brutality and violence. It centres around two families, that of the Roman war hero Titus Andronicus, and that of the Goth Queen Tamora, who has been brought to Rome as a prisoner of war and swears to wreak revenge on Titus. This leads to a series of violent acts, including rape, mutilation and murder (over half the play’s characters are dead by the end). Beyond the copius blood and gore, the play has inspired a range of readings, with recent critics drawing on feminist and postcolonial theory to suggest new interpretations. Find out everything you need to know about Titus Andronicus in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Dismemberment in the Medieval and Early Modern English Imaginary

Dismemberment in the Medieval and Early Modern English Imaginary
Author: Frederika Elizabeth Bain
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 313
Release: 2020-11-23
Genre: History
ISBN: 1501513230

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The medieval and early modern English imaginary encompasses a broad range of negative and positive dismemberments, from the castration anxieties of Turk plays to the elite practices of distributive burial. This study argues that representations and instances of bodily fragmentation illustrated and performed acts of exclusion and inclusion, detaching not only limbs from bodies but individuals from identity groups. Within this context it examines questions of legitimate and illegitimate violence, showing that such distinctions largely rested upon particular acts’ assumed symbolic meanings. Specific chapters address ways dismemberments manifested gender, human versus animal nature, religious and ethnic identity, and social rank. The book concludes by examining the afterlives of body parts, including relics and specimens exhibited for entertainment and education, contextualized by discussion of the resurrection body and its promise of bodily reintegration. Grounded in dramatic works, the study also incorporates a variety of genres from midwifery manuals to broadside ballads.

Restoration Shakespeare

Restoration Shakespeare
Author: Barbara A. Murray
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2001
Genre: English drama
ISBN: 9780838639184

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Between 1660 and 1682 seventeen versions of Shakespeare's plays were made for the newly reopened public theatres in London, and in its three parts 'Restoration Shakespeare: Viewing the Voice' offers a new view of why and how such adaptation was undertaken. Part I considers the seventeenth-century debate about how dramaric poetry works on the mind. Part II offers an analysis of each play with regard to its visual and metaphorical effects. Part III concludes with a review of Shakespeare's reputation in these years, drawing a distinction between what readers and playgoers would have known of him.

Shakespeare s Tragedies and Modern Critical Theory

Shakespeare s Tragedies and Modern Critical Theory
Author: James Cunningham
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Total Pages: 252
Release: 1997
Genre: Drama
ISBN: 9780838637111

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Individual chapters deal with cultural materialism, new historicism, poststructuralism, and feminist criticism. The theoretical basis of each critical mode is examined and some representative critiques analyzed. Most importantly, in each chapter the various interpretations are tested against Shakespeare's texts, and the strengths and weaknesses of the different readings are assessed.

The Cambridge Shakespeare Library Shakespeare criticism

The Cambridge Shakespeare Library  Shakespeare criticism
Author: Catherine M. S. Alexander
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 488
Release: 2003
Genre:
ISBN: 9780521808019

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Titus Andronicus Romeo and Juliet Timon of Athens Julius Caesar

Titus Andronicus  Romeo and Juliet  Timon of Athens  Julius Caesar
Author: William Shakespeare
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 536
Release: 1856
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Doubtful plays Titus Andronicus Pericles The two noble kinsmen Plays ascribed to Shakspere Appendix Dedication address and commendatory verses prefixed to the editions of 1623 and 1632 A history of opinion on the writings of Shakspere Shakspere in Germany Shakspere in France Index Index to the characters of the plays

Doubtful plays  Titus Andronicus  Pericles  The two noble kinsmen  Plays ascribed to Shakspere  Appendix  Dedication  address  and commendatory verses  prefixed to the editions of 1623 and 1632  A history of opinion on the writings of Shakspere  Shakspere in Germany  Shakspere in France  Index  Index to the characters of the plays
Author: William Shakespeare
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Total Pages: 528
Release: 1867
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