emails from the edge

After the break are excerpts from a few of the emails I sent Elli in the course the past two days, as I struggled to write about a specific motif in Shakespeare’s notoriously grisly revenge play, Titus Andronicus.
warning: uncharacteristically salty language!
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Now I have to go figure out how to write an essay about Titus Andronicus that doesn’t consist solely of the phrase “Dude, that shit’s fucked up.”
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After re-examining Titus, considering it in light of the secondary texts, thinking through some framing motifs, and plucking out a few salient quotes, I reiterate my thesis: No, man, that’s some fucked-up shit. For reals.

Gosh, my prof will just love that essay.
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Oh my god I’m still up why am I up oh god
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Ha, I just typed the phrase “With his gravitas removed, Titus….”

Uh, I think I meant, “stripped of his gravitas, Titus…” It wasn’t removed, like some sort of operation, like a gravitas-ectomy. Hey, Titus, is your gravitas actin’ up still? Naw, they took it out. I got it in a jar on the shelf, next to my appendix.

Yeah, def. time for bed now.
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5 thoughts on “emails from the edge

  1. I took Shakespeare a complete year as an undergraduate–two professors–we never read Titus Andronicus. I love Shakespeare and right now I don’t think I ever read Titus Andronicus which could mean that I have amenesia (-: Must be grad school material…

  2. Or it could have been that in the 60s the prof was tired of getting papers that said, “man, that’s far out.”

  3. I don’t even like to think about this play.
    It really makes me uncomfortable and twitchy. Stumbling upon a particularly grisly scene on HBO (from the Anthony Hopkins version) a few years ago didn’t help matters. I didn’t need that visual.

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