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"‘I ask your voices and your suffrages’: The Bogus Rome of Peele and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus"

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This essay provides a contextual reading of Titus Andronicus, paying close attention to the play’s collaborative authorship. Peele and Shakespeare are shown to have manufactured a superficially compelling but in reality utterly fake image of the Roman state as an imaginary laboratory for political ideas, especially the elective principle. Topical allusions and deliberate anachronisms encourage the audience to relate the subject matter to the present, viz., late Elizabethan England in the thro...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1017/S0034670516000589

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, English Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
The Review of Politics Journal website
Volume:
78
Issue:
4
Pages:
551-570
Publication date:
2016-01-01
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EISSN:
1748-6858
ISSN:
0034-6705
URN:
pubs:acc2f305-38b3-4051-874f-7e6fa75c4e4c
Local pid:
info:fedora/pubs:635436

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