By Sara Munson Deats
Complementing different volumes within the Shakespeare feedback sequence, this selection of twenty unique essays will extend the severe contexts during which Antony and Cleopatra might be loved as either literature and theater. The essays will conceal a large spectrum of issues and make the most of a variety of scholarly methodologies, together with textual and performance-oriented techniques, intertextual stories, in addition to feminist, psychoanalytical, Marxist, and postcolonial inquiries. the amount also will characteristic an intensive advent through the editor surveying the under-examined functionality historical past and significant trends/legacy of this advanced play. members comprise renowned Shakespeare students David Bevington, Dympna Callaghan, Leeds Barroll, David Fuller, Dorothea Kehler, and Linda Woodbridge.
Read or Download Antony and Cleopatra: New Critical Essays (Shakespeare Criticism) PDF
Best renaissance books
The very identify Lucrezia Borgia evokes every little thing that was once sinister and corrupt concerning the Renaissance—incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, toxic intrigue, unscrupulous energy grabs. but as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford unearths during this breathtaking new portrait, in truth way more interesting than the delusion.
For almost twenty years, Renaissance literary scholarship has been ruled by way of quite a few varieties of postmodern feedback which declare to show the simplistic method of `traditional' feedback and to supply a extra refined view of the relation among literature and heritage; although, this new strategy, even though making students extra alert to the political value of literary texts, has been generally criticised on either methodological and theoretical grounds.
This study monograph examines well-known letters in 17th- and eighteenth-century English to supply a practical examining of the meanings that writers make and readers infer. the 1st a part of the ebook provides a style of studying ancient texts. the second one half seeks to validate this system via case reviews that remove darkness from how smooth pragmatic conception should be utilized to far-off speech groups in either heritage and tradition that allows you to exhibit how audio system comprehend each other and the way they take advantage of meant and accidental meanings for his or her personal communicative ends.
Pina Palma’s Savoring energy, eating the days: The Metaphors of meals in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature is an leading edge examine the writings of 5 very important Italian authors—Boccaccio’s Decameron, Pulci’s Morgante, Boiardo’s Innamorato, Ariosto’s Furioso,and Aretino’s Ragionamento. in the course of the prism of gastronomy, Palma examines those key works within the Western literary canon, bringing into concentration how their authors use meals and gastronomy as a method to critique the social, political, theological, philosophical, and cultural ideals that represent the material of the society within which they stay.
Extra resources for Antony and Cleopatra: New Critical Essays (Shakespeare Criticism)
Again, as with Cleopatra, the majority of expositors maneuver a middle way between these polarities. Critics from the seventeenth century until the present have commented on Antony’s famed magnanimity, his exuberance, his vitality, and his excess. Almost all agree that his capacity for experience—for drinking life to the lees—o’erﬂows the measure, but they disagree as to the expected audience response to this excess. For most moralistic expositors, such as Gentleman (1774), this lust for life renders Antony a “ﬂighty, infatuated slave to an excess of love and luxury” (261).
Does she kill herself to avoid the degradation of being carried in triumph to Rome, or does she commit suicide because she ﬁnds life without Antony to be meaningless? Because for many critics Cleopatra’s tragic greatness derives solely from her willingness to martyr herself for love, her motivation for suicide becomes a crucial issue (Hughes-Hallett, 1990). ” Yet many commentators berate her for vacillating, adducing the scene in which her treasurer Seleucus accuses her of withholding money and other assets from Caesar as proof that she is not resolute for death and is keeping all options open.
L. T. Fitz) adds another profile to Cleopatra’s multifaceted portrait, depicting her as a bold international gambler, who with great ﬁnesse plays for high stakes and, although losing big, in the moment of her death trumps the Roman Empire. Productions of the play during the past three decades reﬂect the inﬂuence of Cleopatra’s many new personae, placing her center stage and portraying her as both androgynous queen and passionate lover, while also stressing the political aspects of the tragedy. There have even been a few black Cleopatras.