"What Is Written Shall be Executed": "Nude Contracts" and "Lively Warrants" in Titus Andronicus

@article{Anderson2003WhatIW,
  title={"What Is Written Shall be Executed": "Nude Contracts" and "Lively Warrants" in Titus Andronicus},
  author={T. P. Anderson},
  journal={Criticism},
  year={2003},
  volume={45},
  pages={301-321}
}
Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus is structured around a series of promises or oaths. There are no less than fifteen appearances of the words promise, vow, and oath in the play.1 This article is concerned with how those vows or prom ises—oaths that link two participants—are entangled with the horrific vio lence that characterizes the play. The major characters in Titus Andronicus are implicated in a linguistic system that seems to exceed the character who speaks, or fails to speak. The play… Expand
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