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From 'New' Europe to Thug Brittania: Titus Redivivus

Cinpoes, Nicoleta (2015) From 'New' Europe to Thug Brittania: Titus Redivivus. In: European Shakespeare Research Association Congress, 29.06-02.07.2015, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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In 2002, Deborah Willis was arguing that ‘[t]he dramatic rise in favour of Titus Andronicus among critics and directors – perhaps not coincidentally – closely paralleled the growth of feminist Shakespeare criticism’, which focused the play’s concerns on ‘its imagery of womb, tomb, and pit.’ (Shakespeare Quarterly, 53.1:22). Notwithstanding the impact of this rise on the return of the play, my approach aims to refocus the attention Titus Andronicus has received on the stage recently. My exploration of Shakespeare’s play as aware of the new geopolitical realities, the shifting physical and mental borders of the enlarged European Union, looks at its engagement with issues of migration, globalization, rising nationalism and xenophobia. It is not coincidental, I will argue, that Shakespeare’s gory tragedy of revenge has lately shared the stage in the UK with its contemporary, Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy (Lazarus Theatre Company), while on the continent, it has appeared alongside its twentieth-century counterpart, Heiner Müller’s Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome: A Shakespeare Commentary. More coincidental, perhaps, is the fact that the both productions which make the focus of this paper – TeatrPolski in Wrocław and Staatsschauspiel Dresden, directed by Jan Klata (20132) and Hiraeth Artistic Productions, directed by Zoé Ford (2013) -- chose historic moments of national(ist) tension to explore identity, prize open the violent conflict between Romans and Goths and 1980s music to help carry the plot – albeit in different measures and to different ends.

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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 14:12
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 14:12
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6481

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