Originally published in 1995. In three parts – introduction, criticism and reviews – this volume examines the goriest of Shakespeare’s works. The editor’s exhaustive introduction runs through the pattern of changing scholarship and commentary, introducing the key interests in the play, from its authorship to its language, rhetoric and performance. Early commentaries focused on arguing about whether the play was truly Shakespeare’s. A selection of the most important of these are included here followed by later investigations looking at myriad topics and characters – revenge, violence, race, Aaron, women, tragedy and Tamora. The large section of reviews of stage performances, arranged chronologically, ranges from 1857 to 1990. Two final pieces interestingly survey stage history of Titus in Japan and in Germany.
General Editor’s Introduction Philip C. Kolin Part 1: Titus Andronicus and the Critical Legacy 1. Titus Andronicus and the Critical Legacy Philip C. Kolin Part 2: Titus Andronicus and the Critics 2. Early Shakespeare Edward Dowden 3. Shakspere and his Predecessors – Titus Andronicus Frederick S. Boas 4. How Titus Andronicus Looks Forward to Shakespeare’s Later Plays H. Bellyse Baildon 5. The Authorship of Titus Andronicus H(ereward) T. Price 6. The Metamorphosis of Violence in Titus Andronicus Eugene M. Waith 7. "Wilderness of Tigers": Structure and Symbolism in Titus Andronicus Alan Sommers 8. Titus Andronicus: The Form of Shakespearian Tragedy A. C. Hamilton 9. Aaron Eldred Jones 10. The Stranger in Shakespeare: Aaron Leslie A. Fielder 11. The Hybrid Image in Shakespeare: Aaron Bernard Spivack 12. Rape and Revenge in Titus Andronicus David Willbern 13. Titus Andronicus: Rome and the Family Robert S. Miola 14. To Starve with Feeding: Shakespeare’s Idea of Rome Gail Kern Paster 15. A Margin for Error: Rhetorical Context in Titus Andronicus Jane Hiles 16. Performing Texts in Titus Andronicus Philip C. Kolin 17. Titus Andronicus Maurice Charney 18. Making More of the Moor: Aaron, Othello, and Renaissance Refashioning of Race Emily C. Bartels 19. Cultural Disintegration in Titus Andronicus: Mutilating Titus, Vergil and Rome Heather James 20. "Come Down and Welcome Me to this World’s Light": Titus Andronicus and the Canon’s of Contemporary Violence Philip C. Kolin 21. "That Ravenous Tiger Tamora": Titus Andronicus’s Lusty Widow, Wife and M/other Dorothea Kehler 22. "Upon her Wit Doth Earthly Honor Wait": Female Agency in Titus Andronicus Carolyn Asp 23. Courting in Dumb Show: An Editorial and Theatrical Modification in the text of Titus Andronicus William Proctor Williams 24. "O Cruel, Irreligious Piety!": Stage Images of Civil Conflict in Titus Andronicus David Bevington Part 3: Titus Andronicus on Stage 25. To the Reader Edward Ravenscroft 26. A Review of Ira Aldridge’s Titus at the Britannia, Huxton (1859) 27. Titus at the Old Vic, 1923 Carados 28. Staging of Titus Andronicus Gives Alpha Delta Phi Place in Shakespearean History, Yale University (1924) A. M. Witherspoon 29. Red Meat at Stratford: Titus Andronicus Makes its Bow and the Memorial Theatre (1955) Desmond Pratt 30. Shakespeare – Cruel and True (Peter Brook’s Titus, 1955) Jan Kott 31. Titus Andronicus: A Crimson-Flushed Stage! (Titus in 1955) Daniel Scuro 32. Titus Andronicus (at Centre Stage, Baltimore, 1967) Martin Gottfried 33. Titus Andronicus (at the Delacorte Theater, 1967) Gerald Freedman 34. Titus Andronicus in South Africa, 1970: Bard Shocks Capetown 35. A Director’s Perspective: Shakespeare at the Champlain Shakespeare Festival, 1972 Edward J. Feidner 36. Titus Andronicus at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festivals, 1977, 1989: A Director’s Points of View Paul Barry 37. At Last - Titus Andronicus at Stratford: It was Worth the Long Wait (1978) Audrey Ashley 38. Titus Andronicus Screams in a Whisper (1980) Kevin Kelly 39. Titus at the University of Toronto, 1985 Alexander Leggatt 40. Shaping a Gory Classic for TV (1985) Michael Billington 41. Titus Andronicus at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 1986 Alan Farley 42. Directing Titus Andronicus in China, 1986 Qiping Xu 43. Titus Andronicus at Stratford-on-Avon, 1988 James Fisher 44. Titus Andronicus (at the RSC, Stratford-on-Avon, 1988) Alan C. Dessen 45. The Conceptualization and Realization of Violence in Titus Andronicus (1988) Joel G. Fink 46. The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival: Titus Andronicus, 1989 Naomi Conn Liebler 47. Daniel Mesguich and Barbarism (1989) Marion Thébaud 48. Connoisseur of Cruelty (Titus in Rome, 1989) Michael Billington 49. Peter Stein’s Titus at the Teatro Genova, 1990 Fabiola Gulino 50. Titus Andronicus at the 1990 Utah Shakespeare Festival: A Director’s Notes Richard Risso 51. Titus Andronicus in Japan Yoshiko Kawachi 52. "Seeking the Soul with a Dagger": Titus Andronicus in Germany Horst Zander