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Shakespeare's Tragedies
Violation and Identity

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  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521608633

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  • 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 the way acts of violence evoke questions about the identities of the victims, perpetrators, and the acts themselves. Written in a clear, accessible style, it highlights the humanistic aspects of Shakespearean tragedy.

    • Gives a close reading of seven individual Shakespeare plays, focussing on the text itself
    • Written in a clear, accessible style
    • Draws on contemporary critical approaches
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Leggatt has produced an intriguing, beautifully-written book that traces a number of fascinating patterns throughout many, not all, of Shakespeare's tragedies."
    Linda Anderson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Renaissance Quarterly

    "Throughout the book, Leggatt consistently does Shakespeare's text the honor of close reading and careful attention to the staging. As with the tragedies themselves, there can be no easy closure to the difficult themes raised by the book. Which is as it should be." - Anthony Low, New York University Emeritus

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521608633
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Titus Andronicus: This was thy daughter
    2. Romeo and Juliet: what's in a name? 3. Hamlet: a figure like your father
    4. Troilus and Cressida: this is and is not Cressid
    5. Othello: I took you for that cunning whore of Venice
    6. King Lear: we have no such daughter
    7. Macbeth: a deed without a name

  • Author

    Alexander Leggatt, University of Toronto
    Alexander Leggatt is Professor of English at University College, University of Toronto.

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