Shakespeares Tragedies: Violation and Identity by Alexander LeggattShakespeares Tragedies: Violation and Identity by Alexander Leggatt

Shakespeares Tragedies: Violation and Identity

byAlexander Leggatt

Paperback | June 6, 2005

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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.

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Alexander Leggatt is Professor of English at University College, University of Toronto.
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Title:Shakespeares Tragedies: Violation and IdentityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:June 6, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521608635

ISBN - 13:9780521608633

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 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; Conclusion.

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"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