Reviving Lavinia: aquatic imagery and ecocritical complexity in Titus Andronicus

Hansen, Claire (2019) Reviving Lavinia: aquatic imagery and ecocritical complexity in Titus Andronicus. Critical Survey, 31 (3). pp. 53-69.

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Abstract

This article revives the agency of Lavinia in Titus Andronicus through a blended ecocritical and complexivist approach. A 'blue' ecocritical lens identifies Lavinia's alignment with aquatic imagery, and tracks the development of this imagery across four main phases in the play: human tears, a river, a flood, and a freeze. These phases broadly map onto different modes of ecological relations as the play explores alternative patterns of human-environmental interactions. Lavinia is reinterpreted as an active and independent complex ecosystem, and one capable of communicating through the same aquatic imagery which is utilised in the narrative to attempt to contain and commodify her. Titus's aquatic discourse finds parallels in our own climate crises, in ongoing problematic associations between women and nature, and in our need to generate new models of agency and ecological relations.

Item ID: 60702
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1752-2293
Keywords: agency, climate change, complexity theory, ecocriticism, ecofeminism, Shakespeare, systems, Titus Andronicus
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 07:43
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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