Bate's introduction does full justice to the play's artfulness and sophistication, puts forward new arguments regarding the play's date, sources and early stage history, and devotes extended discussion to great modern productions such as those of Peter Brook and Deborah Warner.
In an age in which dramatic representation of violence has become an issue of enormous controversy, Titus Andronicus is the essential play; Bate's seminal edition indicates just how far, with this early work, the young Shakespeare has already travelled towards the masterpiece of his maturity, King Lear.
"…a great edition of a great play"Julie Taymor, Director Titus, 20th Century Fox, 1999
"Bate makes a really positive virtue of his treatment of the play in performance…putting a vigorous account of Titus on stage at very stage-centre in his Introduction. Using this section as a means for raising fundamental questions as to the play's style, coherence, and meaning, Bate achieves a remarkable fusion between performance history and criticism."John Jowett, Shakespeare Survey
"…impressive and exciting"Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly
"This is an outstanding edition of Titus, especially for its treatment of textual questions and of recent performance history. It supersedes all previous editions"Dr. P. Hartle, St Catherines College, Cambridge
About the Author
Jonathan Bate is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick, an honorary Fellow of St. Catharine's College Cambridge, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written several books on Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and Ovid and The Genius of Shakespeare. Well known as a reviewer and broadcaster, he is also the author of Romantic Ecology and a novel, The Cure for Love.
Date of Death:2018
Place of Birth:Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Place of Death:Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Table of Contents
List of illustrations General editors preface Acknowledgements Introduction - The dramatic achievement - The theatrical life - Origins - Establishing the text TITUS ANDRONICUS Appendix: Patterns and precedents Abbreviations and references Index
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