Troilus and Cressida | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by David Hillman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 38 pages of analysis & critique of Troilus and Cressida.
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Critical Essay by David Hillman

SOURCE: “The Gastric Epic: Troilus and Cressida,” in Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 3, Fall, 1997, pp. 295-313.

In the following essay, Hillman contends that Shakespeare wrote and produced Troilus and Cressida with a view to concentrating on the grossly physical aspects of the human body in order to bring life to a tale that had already been frequently told and whose language had thus been rendered abstract through overtelling.

Ignorance in physiologicis—that damned ‘idealism.’ 

Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo1

1. the Matter of Troy

Why did Shakespeare write Troilus and Cressida? Why, that is, did he turn his attention to a story that was so overdetermined as to have become, by the end of the sixteenth century, little more than a compilation of clichés? The Trojan story was enormously popular during the decades preceding composition...

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