Unbuilding the City: <i>Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus</i> and the Forms of Openness

James Kuzner

in Open Subjects

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642533
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651580 | DOI:
Unbuilding the City: Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus and the Forms of Openness

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This chapter discusses two plays, Coriolanus and Titus Andronicus, and their link to open selfhood. It first presents an alternative in which Coriolanus is a progressive document that plans the transition from models of complete sovereignty to those which support self-sovereignty. The chapter then points out that radical theory has identified possible dangers in the notion of bounded selfhood which is central to republican arguments about Coriolanus. The discussion then shifts to Titus Andronicus, which complicates Shakespeare's attitude towards republicanism and forms of open selfhood.

Keywords: Coriolanus; Titus Andronicus; sovereignty; open selfhood; radical theory; bounded selfhood; republicanism

Chapter.  18462 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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