The panel concludes with an examination of Lucrece’s central role as a Shakespearean protagonist, addressing her attitude towards the conflict between Roman shame and the natural law, and how her speech is situated across historical contexts.
Tag: William Shakespeare
CR Episode 173: Shakespeare’s Lucrece, Part II
The panel reads the second third of Shakespeare’s Lucrece, with particular attention to the paradoxical presentation of light and darkness, and to the dual nature of guilt and shame in the poem, as situated within a putatively historical Roman context.
CR Episode 172: Shakespeare’s Lucrece, Part I
In the first of a three-part series on Shakespeare’s Lucrece, the panel explores the Roman history and sources for the poem, before reading and examining its metaphors with a focus on Sextus Tarquinius’ internal debate and final, abhorrent resolution.
CR Episode 116: Venus and Adonis
For St. Valentine’s Day, the panel reads what is likely to have been Shakespeare’s first officially published work: his genre-defying Tragi-Comi-Ovidian poem “Venus and Adonis”, dedicated to his patron, Henry Wriothesley, third Earl of Southampton.
CR Episode 100: Shakespeare’s Sonnets
The panel reads a selection of sonnets by William Shakespeare, and considers their Symposium-like comparisons and contrasts of the different kinds and representations of love, in terms ranging from eloquent to earthy, and from concrete to abstract.