Titus Andronicus: The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 8 May 2008
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Shakespeare's most violent and gory play, Titus Andronicus was written in 1592, and represents the dramatist's first foray into the popular genre of revenge tragedy (many editors argue with at least one other collaborator). The result was spectacular, including scenes of murder, human sacrifice, rape, bodily mutilation and cannibalism. Set in late-imperial Rome, the action begins with the Roman general Titus Andronicus and his triumphant return from wars with the Goths. Leading Queen Tamora and her sons as prisoners, Titus stumbles into a power struggle between Saturninus and his brother Bassianus. Titus fatally backs Saturninus, who rapidly turns on the old general and marries Tamora. The implications for the Andronicus family are disastrous. More of Titus' sons are killed, his daughter Lavinia is brutally raped by Tamora's sons, and as Titus begins his descent into madness and despair he even has his own hand cut off in an act of awful trickery. As Titus plots his bloody revenge, he reflects that "Rome is but a wilderness of tigers". The ending is one of the most gruesome conclusions to any dramatic tragedy, and leaves Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs looking quite restrained. Although the play has put audiences off for centuries due to its apparently gratuitous violence, more recently critics have discerned something more to it than pure shock, but that might say more about us than the Elizabethans. .--Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
`sound and often admirable piece of scholarship. It deals judiciously with the problems of text, authorship and sources, and with the business of clearly and concisely annotating the text' Emrys Jones, Literary Review
'Stanley Wells' OUP Complete Works of Shakespeare is now eight years old and has spawned a new Oxford Shakespeare which appears now in splendidly affordable volumes in that nonpareil of libraries of good reading The World's Classics.'The Oxford Times
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Very good edition, with useful and helpful notes, and an informative introduction to the play.
I bought this for my open book exam, so I wish I had read a bit more into the details of this book as it has a large introduction section that might render it useless if I am now allowed to take it in! But other than that, the pages feel high quality and it's a good book for annotating in as the pen doesn't go through to the other side, which can be distracting.
Dismissed from the mid-seventeenth century onwards, this play has become popular all over again for its visceral engagements with violence, with torture, and with ideas of what it means to be 'barbaric' or 'civilised' - themes that have a pressing relevancy again for our post-genocide world.
The introduction contextualises the play well, and the commentary and notes elucidate what the language is doing. This is an excellent edition for students or general readers wanting a deeper insight into this excessively violent and gory play.
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The play itself, being Shakespeare's first, is probably one of my favorites along with Hamlet and The Tempest. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mark Kilkelly
I'mnot exactly a Shakespeare buff, but after reading Titus I got way more into him. The play tells the story of a Roman general who retruns to his beloved city a war hero, having... Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by Alex