Julius Caesar mocks his wife's ominous dream:
"She dreamt tonight she saw my statue,
Which like a fountain with a hundred spouts
did run pure blood: and many lusty Romans
Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it." (2.2.76-79)
This seminar will look at various representations of blood in Shakespeare's plays. From intense physical moments of bleeding on the stage, to abstract concerns around legitimacy and primogeniture, papers will focus on issues of humoral theory, embodiment, stage properties, and kinship.