Titus Andronicus | Critical Essay by Robert S. Miola

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Titus Andronicus.
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Critical Essay by Robert S. Miola

SOURCE: Miola, Robert S. “Titus Andronicus and the Mythos of Shakespeare's Rome.” Shakespeare Studies 14 (1981): 85-98.

In the following essay, Miola probes Shakespeare's thematic appropriation of two Ovidian myths—the rape of Philomela and the story of the world's four stages—in Titus Andronicus.

Readers have rarely praised Shakespeare's strenuous imitation of classical authors and themes in Titus Andronicus. For most of us, the play is a vile hash of Ovid, Seneca, Plutarch, and Virgil, made more unpalatable by the self-consciousness of the various imitations and allusions. Critical indigestion has begotten critical indignation; it would be easy to compile a colorful anthology of disparaging pronunciamentos beginning with Ravenscroft who in 1687 likened the structure of Titus Andronicus to “a heap of Rubbish.”1 Such critical repugnance, however, has also occasioned serious...

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