Race Tract (or “Convenient but Not Conventional”)

There are three races depicted in Titus Andronicus: the Romans, the Goths, and a Moor.
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Podcast 09: Titus in Pop Culture

This week’s podcast includes a review of the BBC Titus Andronicus and Julie Taymor Titus DVDs, plus a discussion of the rock band Titus Andronicus from Glen Rock, NJ.
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No Fear Shakespeare?

Just found this site: No Fear Shakespeare

According to their website, “No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare’s language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English—the kind of English people actually speak today.”
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Gimme a Hand, Willya?

Hands are the agents of human action.  Feet may carry us.  Words may move us (metaphorically).  But it is hands to do the work.

You might even say that if eyes are mirrors to the soul, then hands are mirrors to the man (or woman).

And “hands” are a focal point in Titus Andronicus.
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Non-Titus Tangent

Just came across this great article

The Shakespearean Heroes Science Fiction Should Steal From

If you are at all interested in popular culture, this is a cool little (ok, not so little) article.  io9 is a science fiction website/blog/news site/discussion forum… what a great discovery… it just might become regular reading for me.

O, Brothers, Where Art Thou?

Titus Andronicus has four different sets of brothers.  I think this is more than any other play (except maybe for a history play (in those War of the Roses plays, the families can get pretty unwieldy).
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Yuks for Yucks

Titus Andronicus.  Dark play.  Tragedy.  Revenge tragedy.  Very bloody.  And yet…

There are numerous opportunities for laughs.  Admittedly, some are pretty sick laughs, but laughs nonetheless.
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Vengeance is Mine

Both Tamora and Titus are on missions of revenge.  Aaron, on the other hand, despite his claims to the contrary, is not out for revenge.  He is simply a villain, a role in which he takes the utmost pride and joy.
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Numbers: Midpoint (or, “Woe is me”… and not ironically, either)

Using Professor Rodes’ midpoint theory, let’s take a look at Titus Andronicus.

There are 2522 total lines in the play (using our Pelican Shakespeare text, the ones we are using for the entire series).  The midpoint comes at line 239 of Act Three, Scene One.
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Podcast 08: Titus and Tragedy

This week’s podcast includes a discussion tragedy and Titus, plus the launch of a new contest.

NOTE: This is a long podcast. In an attempt to lessen the file size, we used a bit sample rate of 22 kHz instead of our usual 48.  While this successfully lowered file size, it also lessened somewhat the audio quality of this podcast.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

1:20 — Text should be “1580s” instead of “1850s”
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