Antony and Cleopatra A Critical Reader

This volume offers a stimulating and accessible guide to the play that takes stock of the past and current situation of scholarship while simultaneously opening up fresh, thought-provoking critical perspectives.

Antony and Cleopatra  A Critical Reader

Arden Early Modern Drama Guides offer students and academics practical and accessible introductions to the critical and performance contexts of key Elizabethan and Jacobean plays. Essays from leading international scholars give invaluable insight into the text by presenting a range of critical perspectives, making the books ideal companions for study and research. Key features include: - Essays on the play's critical and performance history - A keynote essay on current research and thinking about the play - A selection of new essays by leading scholars - A survey of resources to direct students' further reading about the play in print and online Antony and Cleopatra is among Shakespeare's most enduringly popular tragedies. A theatrical piece of extraordinary political power, it also features one of his most memorable couples. Both intellectually and emotionally challenging, Antony and Cleopatra also tests the boundaries of theatrical representation. This volume offers a stimulating and accessible guide to the play that takes stock of the past and current situation of scholarship while simultaneously opening up fresh, thought-provoking critical perspectives.

Antony and Cleopatra Language and Writing

Janet Adelman, whose first book, The Common Liar (1972), provided a brilliant critical reading of Antony and Cleopatra, returned to the play again in 1992 for a chapter in Suffocating Mothers: Fantasies of Maternal Origin in ...

Antony and Cleopatra  Language and Writing

Reading Antony and Cleopatra is particularly challenging because of Shakespeare's masterful embodiment of Rome and Egypt's contrasting worlds in language, structure, and characterization. Instead of seeing the interaction of Roman and Egyptian perspectives in Antony and Cleopatra as a type of double image of reality that changes as one moves from one location to another, students often find themselves compelled to pick sides. The more romantic opt for Cleopatra as the most sympathetic character, while the pragmatists dismiss her lifestyle as self-indulgent. The central challenge in reading this play, in other words, is to resist the compulsion to take sides and, instead, to adopt a 'both-and' point of view rather than an 'either-or' choice. The play's central binary - Rome vs. Egypt - is deeply embedded in its language and structure, yet the play consistently complicates our view of either side. The book encourages students to think outside the binary box, to understand, and to celebrate, Shakespeare's exploitation of the multivalent nature of language. As well as helping students to analyse the intricacy of Shakespeare's language in Antony and Cleopatra, each chapter's 'Writing matters' section enables students to develop their own writing strategies in coursework and examinations.

Shakespeare s Ruins and Myth of Rome

52 Maddalena Pennac ia, “Performance History”, in Domenico Lovascio, ed., Antony and Cleopatra: A Critical Reader (London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2020), p. 55. 53 e play's performance history is one of severe cuts, ...

Shakespeare   s Ruins and Myth of Rome

Rome was tantamount to its ruins, a dismembered body, to the eyes of those – Italians and foreigners – who visited the city in the years prior to or encompassing the lengthy span of the Renaissance. Drawing on the double movement of archaeological exploration and creative reconstruction entailed in the humanist endeavour to ‘resurrect’ the past, ‘ruins’ are seen as taking precedence over ‘myth’, in Shakespeare’s Rome. They are assigned the role of a heuristic model, and discovered in all their epistemic relevance in Shakespeare’s dramatic vision of history and his negotiation of modernity. This is the first book of its kind to address Shakespeare’s relationship with Rome’s authoritative myth, archaeologically, by taking as a point of departure a chronological reversal, namely the vision of the ‘eternal’ city as a ruinous scenario and hence the ways in which such a layered, ‘silent’, and aporetic scenario allows for an archaeo-anatomical approach to Shakespeare’s Roman works.

Julius Caesar A Critical Reader

... Coriolanus (oligarchy), Julius Caesar (transition to tyranny), Antony and Cleopatra (final stage of tyranny).39 Admittedly, Michael Platt had already advanced a similar reading of Shakespeare's Roman plays as mapping out the rise ...

Julius Caesar  A Critical Reader

This volume offers a practical, accessible and thought-provoking guide to this Roman tragedy, surveying its major themes and critical reception. It also provides a detailed and up-to-date history of the play's performance, beginning with its earliest known staging in 1599, including an analysis of the 2013 film Caesar Must Die starring Italian inmates, and an assessment of why the play is now coming back into vogue on stage. Moving through to four new critical essays, it opens up cutting-edge perspectives on the work, and finishes with a guide to pedagogical approaches by the experienced teacher and leading academic Jeremy Lopez. Detailing web-based and production-related resources, and including an annotated bibliography of critical works, the guide will equip teachers and facilitate students' understanding of this challenging play.

Shakespearean Pragmatism

ley Fish and then with Hamlet , of relative freedom and constraint , and argues that Antony and Cleopatra works ... is available through critical reading and thinking ( in this case about Antony and Cleopatra , which is seen to achieve ...

Shakespearean Pragmatism

Just as Shakespeare's theater was an economic gamble, subject to the workings of a market, so the plays themselves submit actions, persons, and motives to an audience's judgment. Such a theatrical economy, Lars Engle suggests, provides a model for the way in which truth is determined and assessed in the world at large—a model much like that offered by contemporary pragmatism. To Engle, the problems of worth, price, and value that appear so frequently in Shakespeare's works reveal a playwright dramatizing the negotiable nature of perception and belief—in short, the nature of his audience's purchase on reality. This innovative argument is the first to view Shakespeare in the context of contemporary pragmatism and to show that Shakespeare in many ways anticipated pragmatism as it has been developed in the thought of Richard Rorty, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, and others. With detailed reference to the sonnets and plays, Engle explores Shakespeare's tendency to treat knowledge, truth, and certainty as relatively stable goods within a theatrical economy of social interaction. He shows the playwright recasting kingship, aristocracy, and poetic immortality in pragmatic terms. As attentive to history as it is to contemporary theory, this book mediates between current and traditional accounts of Shakespeare. In doing so, it offers a sweeping new account of Shakespeare's enterprise that will interest philosophers, literary theorists, and Shakespeare scholars alike.

Romeo and Juliet A Critical Reader

Simply put, in this play along with Antony and Cleopatra and Venus and Adonis, 'Shakespeare tells us that love, the most intense manifestation of the urge to life, is ineluctably linked with the selfdestructive yearning for annihilation ...

Romeo and Juliet  A Critical Reader

Uniquely, this guide analyses the play's critical and performance history and recent criticism, as well as including five essays offering radically new paths for contemporary interpretation. The subject matter of these essays is rich and diverse, ranging across the play's philosophical identification of sexual love with self-realization, the hermeneutic implications of an editor's textual choices, the minor characters of the play in relation to Renaissance performance traditions, Romeo and Juliet in opera and ballet, and the play's Italian sources and afterlives. The guide also contains a chapter on the key resources available, including scholarly editions and easily available DVDs, and discusses the ways in which they can be used in the classroom to aid understanding and provoke further debate. Edited by leading scholar Julia Reinhard Lupton, this is an essential guide for both students and scholars of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare and Senecan Tragedy

... in Antony and Cleopatra,” in Antony and Cleopatra: A Critical Reader, ed. Domenico Lovascio (London: Bloomsbury, 2019), 113–131. 11. Geoffrey Miles, Shakespeare and the Constant Romans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), 149–68. 12.

Shakespeare and Senecan Tragedy

Shakespeare's tragic characters have often been seen as forerunners of modern personhood. It has been assumed that Shakespeare was able to invent such lifelike figures in part because of his freedom from the restrictions of classical form. Curtis Perry instead argues that characters such as Hamlet and King Lear have seemed modern to us in part because they are so robustly connected to the tradition of Senecan tragedy. Resituating Shakespearean tragedy in this way - as backward looking as well as forward looking - makes it possible to recover a crucial political dimension. Shakespeare saw Seneca as a representative voice from post-republican Rome: in plays such as Coriolanus and Othello he uses Senecan modes of characterization to explore questions of identity in relation to failures of republican community. This study has important implications for the way we understand character, community, and alterity in early modern drama.

A Beginner s Guide to Critical Reading

Two of the greatest of the plays , King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra , have opening scenes which are framed by characters commenting on the action before and after we see it ourselves . The problem is that the commentators ' point of ...

A Beginner s Guide to Critical Reading

Brings literature to life through a combination of fascinating texts, critically up-to-the minute readings and Jacobs' enthusiastic, lively approach.

Critical Reading Across the Curriculum

In the great tragedies, such as Macbeth, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus, Shakespeare experiments with epic caesuras, lines in which an extra metrical beat is needed to regularize the verse, and which may well be intuited ...

Critical Reading Across the Curriculum

Gender Studies and Critical Reading -- Deconstructing Gender -- Documentary Project -- Staging the Documentary Project -- Aesthetic Distance and Ironic Images of Gender -- Melanie Pullens High Fashion Crime Scenes and Cindy Sherman's Centerfolds, 1981 -- References -- 11 Reading and Teaching Films -- Personal Response -- Analyzing Story -- Basic Film Terms -- Formal Analysis -- Genre Analysis -- Cultural Analysis -- Historical Analysis -- Representation in Film -- Film Theory -- Exercises -- Viewing Profile -- Shot-by-Shot Analysis -- Music Minus One -- Plot Segmentation -- Character Wheel. Casting Chart -- How Films Are Made -- Evolution of a Genre -- Compare Classic and Remake -- References -- 12 Thinking Through Drama -- Drama and Argument -- The Classical Studio -- The Structure of Verse -- Following the Verse -- Exercises -- Conclusion -- References -- 13 Approaches to Reading and Teaching Pop Songs -- Popular Music and Its Contexts -- Reading a Pop Song -- Initial Impressions -- Analysis of Lyrics -- Analysis of Music - The Singer's Delivery -- Analysis of Music - Sounds -- Conclusions/Evaluations -- Exercise 1 - Listening Actively -- Writing about Music -- Exercise 2 - Writing an Essay -- Exercise 3 - Comparing Songs -- Critical Reading: Theodor Adornos Criticism of Pop Music -- Socially Conscious Music -- Additional Writing Assignments -- Conclusion -- References -- Index -- EULA

Shakespeare and the Ambiguity of Love s Triumph

VI ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA: THE REALITY OF “NILUS' SLIME” AND THE DREAM OF AN ETERNAL MARRIAGE The ambiguity of Antony and Cleopatra is basic to the play's sprawling grace, and any critical reading which ignores that ambiguity by focusing ...

Shakespeare and the Ambiguity of Love s Triumph


Antony and Cleopatra

This collection of twenty original essays will expand the critical contexts in which Antony and Cleopatra can be enjoyed as both literature and theater.

Antony and Cleopatra

This collection of twenty original essays will expand the critical contexts in which Antony and Cleopatra can be enjoyed as both literature and theater.

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ENGLISH Critical reading of the following works of Shakespeare :1892. Richard II , Merchant of Venice , King Lear . 1893. Midsummer Night's Dream , Macbeth , Hamlet . 1894. Henry IV , Pt . I , Julius Cæsar , Antony and Cleopatra . 1895.

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A Critical Reading of the Selected Poems of T S Eliot

Line 77 : Eliot's note refers the reader to Shakespeare's play , Antony and Cleopatra , 11.ii , where Enobarbus describes Cleopatra's ceremonial barge and her first meeting with Antony : ' The barge she sat in , like a burnish'd throne ...

A Critical Reading of the Selected Poems of T S  Eliot

T.S. Eliot's poetry is well known for its allusiveness and reference to a wide range of historical and literary subjects. At the same time, the roots of explanations and critical readings necessary to elucidate and contextualize Eliot's poetry have seldom been available. This book offers a carefully explanatory as well as critical reading of Eliot's Selected Poems. It tackles each poem individually, offering comments and explanations that draw from secondary as well as archival and unpublished sources. In particular, there is an exhaustive section explaining and contextualizing the manifold difficulties encountered in The Waste Land. A long Introduction outlines Eliot's life, career and thought, and a Select Bibliography provides up-to-date information on useful secondary literature. Dr. Jain's use of various new critical approaches, alongside her use of primary data from Eliot holdings in the UK and the USA, makes this an important source for comprehending Eliot's difficult poetry. It will be of great use to students, as well as to people who teach the poetry of T.S. Eliot.

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ShakespeareCritical Reading of Antony and Cleopatra . ... Shakespeare - Critical Reading of Henry IV ... Critical Analysis of the following works : Shakespeare - King Lear ; MiltonLycidas , Arcades , Sonnets ; Dryclen - Absolom and ...

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Antony and Cleopatra

This Guide provides a critical survey of the responses to this popular play. Chronologically arranged, the book draws on a rich range of critical writings, including Dr Johnson, Coleridge, Bradley and Leavis.

Antony and Cleopatra

This Guide provides a critical survey of the responses to this popular play. Chronologically arranged, the book draws on a rich range of critical writings, including Dr Johnson, Coleridge, Bradley and Leavis. This material is linked to more general issues regarding Shakespearean criticism and scholarship, and the development of literary theory.

Reconceiving the Renaissance

A Critical Reader Ewan Fernie, Ramona Wray, Mark Thornton Burnett, Clare McManus ... As Shakespeare critic Coppélia Kahn has pointed out, such anxieties do important cultural work in Antony and Cleopatra. The rumors and innuendo about ...

Reconceiving the Renaissance

The last two decades have transformed the field of Renaissance studies, and Reconceiving the Renaissance: A Critical Reader maps this difficult terrain. Attending to the breadth of fresh approaches, the volume offers a theoretical overview of current thinking about the period. Collecting in one volume the classic and cutting-edge statements which define early modern scholarship as it is now practised, this book is a one-stop indispensable resource for undergraduates and beginning postgraduates alike. Through a rich array of arguments by the world's leading experts, the Renaissance emerges wonderfully invigorated, while the suggestive shorter extracts, topical questions and engaged editorial introductions give students the wherewithal and encouragement to do some reconceiving themselves.

Royal Power and Authority in Shakespeare s Late Tragedies

In criticism, this ambiguity is frequently centred around Cleopatra: does Shakespeare ultimately show her being ... 'for love,'”89 and she argues that this abets the critical reading of the play as a love story to be celebrated, ...

Royal Power and Authority in Shakespeare   s Late Tragedies

William Shakespeare explores political survival as a question of interaction at court in King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. Through a discussion of authority as an element that is distinct from power, this book offers a new perspective on the importance of acts of persuasion and the contribution the late tragedies make to Shakespeare’s portrayal of monarchy. It argues that the most productive uses of the material power to judge or reward are those that reinforce royal authority and establish the monarch at the centre of the web of noble relationships. In the late tragedies, rulership is exercised at court. It acquires a nature of its own as the interaction of powerful and potentially powerful individuals among the nobility. The persuasive exercise of authority complements the tangible power that is founded on the monarch’s material resources, so that consent to the monarch’s supremacy is obtained through various discourses of justification and the performance of the monarch’s social role. Shakespeare’s combination of emotional intimacy with political concerns becomes central to the tragedies of these three plays when the failure to establish control over power and authority leads to the breakdown of established values and political traditions.

Antony And Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare.

Antony And Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It was first printed in the First Folio of 1623.The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Life of Markus Antonius and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Parthian War to Cleopatra's suicide. The major antagonist is Octavius Caesar, one of Antony's fellow triumvirs and the future first emperor of Rome. The tragedy is a Roman play characterized by swift, panoramic shifts in geographical locations and in registers, alternating between sensual, imaginative Alexandria and the more pragmatic, austere Rome. Many consider the role of Cleopatra in this play one of the most complex female roles in Shakespeare's work. She is frequently vain and histrionic, provoking an audience almost to scorn; at the same time, Shakespeare's efforts invest both her and Antony with tragic grandeur. These contradictory features have led to famously divided critical responses.

Shakespeare the Roman Plays

This new selection of influential & wide-ranging essays offers an accessible & at times provocative introduction to a key area of the Shakespearean canon.

Shakespeare  the Roman Plays

This new selection of influential & wide-ranging essays offers an accessible & at times provocative introduction to a key area of the Shakespearean canon. It addresses individual plays & the wider significance of Rome for Shakespeare's contemporaries