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Author: A. Robin Bowers

Title: Emblem and Rape in Shakespeare's Lucrece and Titus Andronicus

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Journal: Studies in Iconography

Volume: 10

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Year: 1984-86

Pages: 79-96

ISSN: 0148-1029 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 16th Century | European History: English History | Representations: Literature / William Shakespeare


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Abstract: »Provides several Renaissance examples of pictorial representations of the rape of Lucrece and the rape of Philomela as background for an argument that Sh, in Luc. and Tit., developed "the poetic and dramatic potential of the emblem." In these two works, as well as others, he often constructed potential "scenic units first by presenting a relatively static pictura (like those found in emblem books) in what I will call emblemic scenes; and second, by amplifying and mobilizing these picturae to produce what I will term emblematic scenes." The Trojan tapestry in Luc., with its depiction of "rapacious destruction," is highly emblematic. Maintains that the rape scenes in Luc. and Tit. operate in similar emblemic and emblematic fashions to indicate both the ravaging of an individual and the consequent sociopolitical upheavals.« (Source: Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition: An Annotated Bibliography 1961-1991. Compiled by Lewis Walker. New York 2002: 50)

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