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First published: February 1, 2024 - Last updated: February 1, 2024


Author: Robert S. Miola

Title: The Dark Side

Subtitle: Seneca and Shakespeare

Journal: Memoria di Shakespeare: A Journal of Shakespearean Studies


Issue: 10: What's Seneca to Him? Senecan Shakespeare

Year: 2023 (Published online: December 31, 2023)

Pages: 91-111

ISSN: 2283-8759 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History: Roman History | Modern History: 17th Century | European History: English History | Types: Rape; Representations: Literary Texts / William Shakespeare, Seneca


Link: R.O.S.A.: Riviste Online SApienza (Free Access)


Author: Robert S. Miola, Department of Classics, Loyola University Maryland

Abstract: »Seneca conducted Shakespeare on a journey through the dark side of human life - rage, madness, tyranny, revenge, and furor. This journey passed infernal and nightmarish landscapes, per Stygia ("through Stygian regions"), per amnes igneos ("through rivers of fire"), and per scelera ("through crimes"). It introduced protagonists who dare to defy the gods and dislocate the universe by committing evils without precedent and beyond limit (modus). This experience of the dark side furnished Shakespeare (and most of the West) with resources for drama, especially tragedies like Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, and Othello. We shall explore Shakespeare's reception of these resources through three distinct but related modalities - quotation with and without Latin markers; the reimagination of extended passages, characters, and actions; and the refiguration of a convention, the domina-nutrix dialogue.« (Source: Memoria di Shakespeare)

  1. Foreword (p. 239)
  2. An elusive self (p. 244)
  3. Rape/Ravishment (p. 248)
  4. An ironic happy ending (p. 251)
  References (p. 253)

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