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Shakespeare's Tragedies: Violation and Identity
Beginning with the rape of Lavinia in Titus Andronicus, this book traces the linked themes of violation and identity through seven Shakespearean tragedies. The shock effects of Lavinia's rape reverberate throughout Shakespeare's later tragedies. This detailed study of Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth reveals t ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published May 12th 2005 by Cambridge University Press
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Shakespeare’s Tragedies: Violation and Identity examines the violation that occurs with characters which ultimately leads to the questioning of their identity. Alexander Leggatt states that his purpose is to look at identity and violation in Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth from a textual examination, as opposed to a sociological one (through customs and culture). He argues that while other critics have looked that the plays throug ...more