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October 8, 2011

ART: Violence, visual metaphor, and the “true” Lucrece

Author: Margaret Rice Vasileiou
Title: Violence, visual metaphor, and the “true” Lucrece
Subtitle: -
Journal: SEL. Studies in English literature 1500-1900
Volume: 51
Issue: 1
Year: Winter 2011
Pages: 47-63
ISSN: 0039-3657 - eISSN: 1522-9270
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Reanimating the 1980s critical discussion about how rhetoric in Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece effects and affects the poem’s plot, this essay takes the ekphrastic scene at the center of the poem, in which Lucrece attempts to access a true Sinon hidden behind the painting’s canvas, to demonstrate how visual rhetoric motivates Tarquin’s rape of Lucrece and Lucrece’s suicide. In these violent acts, Tarquin and Lucrece attempt to surpass obfuscating representations and access unmediated truth, but discover that such truth is not obfuscated, but rather constituted, by visual metaphor. Shakespeare’s characters respond to this revelation by resurrecting visual metaphor, thereby carrying rhetorically inspired violence into Roman history.« [Source: SEL.]