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Passionate Uprisings in Shakespeare’s 'Lucrece'

Kaegi, Ann


Dr Ann Kaegi
Director of Education and Student Experience


The phenomenon of passionate riot and its role in uprisings, fictional and historical, remains an analytical blind spot. Despite “the affective turn” in the humanities at the outset of the twenty-first century, scholarly studies have continued to focus on the social, political, economic and religious motives of participants in uprisings and on their methods of protest with little sense that these might include instances of passionate protest. To bring the phenomenon into focus, this article turns its attention to Shakespeare’s Lucrece, one of several Shakespearean texts that provide compelling evidence in the imaginative literature of the period of a perception that grief could motivate and be used to provoke political protest and instigate political transformation.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 23, 2018
Journal Shakespeare
Print ISSN 1745-0918
Electronic ISSN 1745-0926
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 205-215
APA6 Citation Kaegi, A. (2018). Passionate Uprisings in Shakespeare’s 'Lucrece'. Shakespeare, 14(3), 205-215. doi:10.1080/17450918.2018.1504814
Keywords Rape; Riot; Uprising; Passion; Grief; Tyranny
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