Rape, Massacre, the Lucrece Tradition, and Alarum for London

Georgina Lucas

Abstract


This article explores the conflation of rhetorical and physical acts of rape and massacre in a range of early modern drama, culminating in a case study of the two phenomena in Alarum for London (1599). Rooting its analysis in the Lucrece myth, the essay demonstrates how prominent traditions of reading rape — as an attack on the soul, and as an attack on a city — provide a rubric through which Alarum can be understood. When enacted concomitantly, rape and massacre have the propensity to destroy body and soul, individual, and the wider society to which they belong.


Full Text:

 Subscribers Only


DOI: https://doi.org/10.12745/et.20.2.3208

© 1998-2018 Early Theatre. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this site is prohibited.