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Author: John Kunat

Title: Rape and Republicanism in Shakespeare’s Lucrece

Subtitle: -

Journal: SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

Volume: 55

Issue: 1

Year: Winter 2015

Pages: 1-20

ISSN: 0039-3657 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1522-9270 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

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


Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)


Author: John Kunat, English Department, Sonoma State University

Abstract: »The right of citizens to consent to laws is one of the primary tenets of Elizabethan republican discourse. However, “consent” is not merely a political concept but a multivalent term that has important meanings in relation to gender and sexuality. In The Rape of Lucrece, Shakespeare rewrites Livy’s narrative about the birth of the republic in a way that explores the relationship among these different forms of consent, demonstrating that speech acts concerned with agreement, promising, and vowing—all of which involve the assent of the will—are themselves implicated in the gendered and sexualized production of political agency.« (Source: SEL)

Wikipedia: William Shakespeare: The Rape of Lucrece