Shakespeare Lecture 2
➢ Shakespeare was first recognized as a poet rather than as a dramatist
➢ 1594 – His first play TitusAndronicus
➢ 2 lenghty poems:
Goddess seduces Adonis who has little interest in sex
formerly known as Ravishment of Lucrece
When poem was printed it read “Lucrece” but the running titles read “Rape of Lucrece”
Big difference between the two titles
Shakespeares complete works (big book compilation – folded in half?)
Costs more than a quarto
➢ Quarto: folded twice, very small
➢ Dedication is sometimes called a paratext
➢ Genette:All the texts that surround the main text (side notes, indexes, dedication) – a.k.a
➢ TheArguement: Provides a historical context for the poem but also tells the entire story in
miniature. Provides the beginning and ending. Why do this?
If the story is already well known, then reader is more interested in how well one re-tells it.
It's all about re-working existing narratives.
is not only a man who rapes a woman but he's also a king who's violated laws and
oppressed his people
Tyrannical behaviour: oppression of pple, murder or his father, siege ofArdea
political disruption & sexual violation