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Titus Andronicus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0043  Saturday, 26 January 2008

From:		David Evett <
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Date:		Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 15:35:13 -0500
Subject: 19.0038 Titus Andronicus
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0038 Titus Andronicus

I did a rough assessment of the distribution of classical elements in 
the play when I was being its dramaturg last year, and had a strong 
sense that the concentration is higher in the scenes that Vickers 
assigns to Peele, the University Wit; that includes the first two 
scenes, with their many references to political and military matters, 
and 4.1, with Ovid's tale of Tereus, Procne, and Philomela at its 
center. It was only a first pass, however; a fully persuasive argument 
would require very thoughtful preliminary consideration of how allusions 
are going to be defined and distinguished and counted (if 4.1 adverts to 
the Ovidian story 6 times, is that 1 allusion, or 6?), and a familiarity 
deeper than mine with the classical corpus as that was plausibly 
available to a second-year student at Oxford.

David Evett

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