Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2008 :: January ::
Titus Andronicus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0003  Thursday, 3 January 2008

[1] 	From:	Stanley Wells <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
	Date:	Friday, 21 Dec 2007 15:21:16 +0000
	Subj:	RE: SHK 18.0834

[2] 	From:	John W. Kennedy <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
	Date:	Friday, 21 Dec 2007 18:18:27 -0500
	Subj:	Re: SHK 18.0834

[3] 	From:	Tom Reedy <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
	Date:	Saturday, 22 Dec 2007 10:50:05 -0600
	Subj:	Re: SHK 18.0834


[1]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:		Stanley Wells <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:		Friday, 21 Dec 2007 15:21:16 +0000
Subject: 18.0834
Comment:	RE: SHK 18.0834

It might be worth remembering T J B Spencer's dictum about Roman history 
in Titus Andronicus - that  Shakespeare seems to have been anxious not 
so much to get it all right as to get it all in.

Stanley Wells
Chairman, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Centre

[2]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:		John W. Kennedy <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:		Friday, 21 Dec 2007 18:18:27 -0500
Subject: 18.0834
Comment:	Re: SHK 18.0834

Chris Jacobs <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >

 >Whilst going through the initial stages of preparing to
 >direct a production of Titus Andronicus for the first
 >time of asking, it struck me that there exists within
 >the text a greater than usual number, almost
 >amounting to a plethora, of allusions to the ancient
 >Gods of Greece and Rome.

 >Whilst such allusions occur within a great number of
 >the Bard's plays, I have not noticed such a preponderance
 >as exists in TA.

 >I wonder what might account for this... if indeed there is
 >any truth in my observation, since I must admit to not
 >having specifically searched for 'quantities' of such
 >allusions elsewhere.

 >So, before undertaking the task of revisiting the entire
 >canon in order to discover the relevant facts, perhaps
 >others may have some material information or opinion
 >on the subject.

I have always thought it of a piece with the Latin quotes and the 
blatant use of Ovid -- a young writer a little too eager to show off his 
grammar-school learning.

John W. Kennedy

[3]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:		Tom Reedy <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:		Saturday, 22 Dec 2007 10:50:05 -0600
Subject: 18.0834
Comment:	Re: SHK 18.0834

Chris Jacobs <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 > wrote:

 >Whilst going through the initial stages of preparing to direct a
 >production of Titus Andronicus for the first time of asking, it struck
 >me that there exists within the text a greater than usual number, almost
 >amounting to a plethora, of allusions to the ancient  Gods of Greece and
 >Rome.
 >
 >Whilst such allusions occur within a great number of the Bard's plays, I
 >have not noticed such a preponderance as exists in TA.
 >
 >I wonder what might account for this... if indeed there is any truth in
 >my observation, since I must admit to not having specifically searched
 >for 'quantities' of such allusions elsewhere.
 >
 >So, before undertaking the task of revisiting the entire canon in order
 >to discover the relevant facts, perhaps others may have some material
 >information or opinion on the subject.

In light of Jonathan Bates's (convincing, to me at least) claim that 
Shakespeare collaborated with George Peele in writing this play, it 
might be helpful to collate the allusions by act and scene to determine 
if Shakespeare is responsible for the higher rate of classical allusions 
or if it should be credited to Peele.

Tom Reedy

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, 
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>

DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the 
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the 
editor assumes no responsibility for them.
 

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.