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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.


Kaegi, A. (2018). Passionate Uprisings in Shakespeare’s 'Lucrece'. Shakespeare, 14(3), 205-215.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 21, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 23, 2018
Publication Date Aug 23, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 11, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Shakespeare
Print ISSN 1745-0918
Electronic ISSN 1745-0926
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 205-215
Keywords Rape; Riot; Uprising; Passion; Grief; Tyranny
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