College of Liberal Arts

"Dangerous reading" in Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" is Talk Topic

Monday Nov 29, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building (CPE), room 2.212

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The Center for Women's and Gender Studies presents "The Fiction of the Future: Dangerous Reading in William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus."

In this presentation, Professor Jennifer Kate Barrett, professor of English, will read "Titus Andronicus" as the unexpected site of Shakespeare's complex response to Renaissance England's anxieties about its relationship to the classical past: though characters consciously allude to classical literature, they fail to anticipate that unflagging repetitions of the past foreclose the future. Drawing upon both the tradition of texts aimed at moralizing Ovid's "Metamorphoses" and the play's Clown, Barrett argues that Shakespeare stages a violent critique of the Renaissance relationship to antiquity by showing how flawed reading practices disrupt the imaginative potential of both classical literature and Christianity.

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