By Alexander Leggatt
Starting with the rape of Lavinia in Titus Andronicus, this ebook strains the associated issues of violation and id via seven Shakespearean tragedies. The surprise results of Lavinia's rape reverberate all through Shakespeare's later tragedies. This special research of Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth finds the way in which acts of violence evoke questions on the identities of the sufferers, perpetrators, and the acts themselves. Written in a transparent, available type, it highlights the humanistic elements of Shakespearean tragedy.
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