ENGC10H3 Lecture Notes - Marlovian Theory Of Shakespeare Authorship, Blank Verse, Hereditary Monarchy

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1594 quarto of titus andronicus was discovered in 1904 only known copy in existence. For centuries it was thought to be lost but then it was discovered. Other quartos later appeared with slight changes, and new mistakes. With every correction, there were more mistakes. 1590s referred to as a marlovian play. Reference to marlow who was writing before shakespeare. Marlow was the first to write in blank verse. Thomas kidd wrote the spanish tragedy which was filled with gore and violence: they cut out somebody"s tongue in the stage performance. All of these are following the model for revenge tragedy laid out by seneca. Saturninus bases his speech on primogeniture (first born) birth right. Concept also talks about the son"s inheritance of father"s estate. Based on a hereditary monarchy, lineal succession. He believes his birth gives him the right to his throne.

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