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‘Infinite Variety’: Antony and Cleopatra

Miles Geoffrey

in Shakespeare and the Constant Romans

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117711
eISBN:
9780191671050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117711.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus represent the opposing wings of the ‘triptych’ which Shakespeare borrowed from Plutarch. To put it in its starkest terms, Coriolanus falls ... More


“A Thing Like Death”: Shakespeare's Narcotic Theater

Tanya Pollard

in Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270835
eISBN:
9780191710322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270835.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter considers the juxtaposition of sleeping potions and poisons, and their parallels with the uneasy relationship between comedy and tragedy in two plays by Shakespeare. In Romeo and Juliet, ... More


Doing the Numbers: The Roman Mathematics of Civil War in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra

Denis Feeney

in Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195389579
eISBN:
9780199866496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0018
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that Shakespeare, in Antony and Cleopatra, combines a novel perspective on what was at stake in Rome just after Caesar's assassination with an ability to shape civil war into the ... More


Romana mors in Antony and Cleopatra

Eric Langley

in Narcissism and Suicide in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199541232
eISBN:
9780191716072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541232.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter continues the exploration of Shakespeare's representation of Romana mors through discussion of the figures of Pyramus and Thisbe, Lucrece, and Antony and Cleopatra (both in Shakespeare's ... More


Beyond Binarism: Eros/Death and Venus/Mars in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and Spenser’s Faerie Queene

Judith H. Anderson

in Shakespeare and Spenser: Attractive Opposites

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719079627
eISBN:
9781781701058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter draws an analogy between Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and Spenser's The Faerie Queene, showing that, while Antony and Cleopatra combines comedy, tragedy and romance with allegory, ... More


A NEW OPERA HOUSE: Nothing to do with what I had imagined

Barbara B. Heyman

in Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195090581
eISBN:
9780199853090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090581.003.0018
Subject:
Music, History, American

One of the major pitfalls in Samuel Barber's career was Antony and Cleopatra, written for the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera. It was heartbreaking for Barber, as this was Barber's favorite ... More


Nursing serpents: French ripples within and beyond the ‘Pembroke Circle’

Richard Hillman

in French Reflections in the Shakespearean Tragic: Three Case Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780719087172
eISBN:
9781781706343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087172.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

At the centre of this chapter is Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, approached chiefly by way of several French dramatic precursors (Cléopâtre captive, by Étienne Jodelle; Marc Antoine, by Robert ... More


Imminent Futures: Absent Art and Improvised Rhyme in Antony and Cleopatra and Cymbeline

J. K. Barret

in Untold Futures: Time and Literary Culture in Renaissance England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702365
eISBN:
9781501705878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702365.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter considers two plays—Antony and Cleopatra and Cymbeline—in which artistic forms, whether absent and fleeting or, conversely, too permanent, organize Shakespeare’s investigations. It ... More


History as Tragedy, Tragedy as Design: Where Shakespeare and Dryden Part Company

Blair Hoxby

in What Was Tragedy?: Theory and the Early Modern Canon

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198749165
eISBN:
9780191813283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749165.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Our idea of subjectivity is bound up with a historical narrative in which Shakespeare plays a starring role as a prophet of modern selfhood. His radical individuation of dramatis personae, his ... More


Post-Tragic Effects

Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern

in Shakespeare in Parts

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272051
eISBN:
9780191699580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272051.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter shows that unlike the deaths of so many of Shakespeare's tragic heroes, neither Antony's nor Cleopatra's death is framed by repeated cues. The technique would simply be inappropriate: it ... More


Epilogue: The Roman Frame

Millicent Bell

in Shakespeare's Tragic Skepticism

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092554
eISBN:
9780300127201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092554.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book concludes by framing the four great tragedies discussed in the previous chapters. Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra seem to be as separate as Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth ... More


Against Morality: From Richard III to Antony and Cleopatra

Richard Strier

in The Unrepentant Renaissance: From Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226777511
eISBN:
9780226777535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226777535.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The difference between “morality” and “ethics” lies in scope. The latter identifies a much larger domain than the former, which encompasses a very limited and peculiar realm. Drawing his inspiration ... More


Pagan Christs: Politics in the Roman Plays

Alex Schulman

in Rethinking Shakespeare's Political Philosophy: From Lear to Leviathan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748682416
eISBN:
9781474406383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682416.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter examines the premise of Shakespeare's ancient Rome — civic virtue, or the attachment to the good of the commonwealth. It begins with the analysis of Coriolanus, where civic virtue is in ... More


Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music

Barbara B. Heyman

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195090581
eISBN:
9780199853090
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090581.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Samuel Barber (1910–81) was one of the most important and honoured American composers of the 20th century. Writing in a great variety of musical forms—symphonies, concertos, operas, vocal music, ... More


Melancholy Cats, Lugged Bears, and Other Passionate Animals: Reading Shakespeare's Psychological Materialism across the Species Barrier

Gail Kern Paster

in Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226648477
eISBN:
9780226648484
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226648484.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

It is important to our historical understanding of the passions that they belonged to a part of the natural order jointly occupied by humans and animals. As Thomas Wright pointed out, “Those actions ... More


Woo't

Nicholas Royle

in In Memory of Jacques Derrida

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748632954
eISBN:
9780748671625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632954.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the meaning of woo't. In the texts published in The Work of Mourning, there is a sense of what Jacques Derrida calls ‘the madness of the title’. Elizabeth Bowen is one of the ... More


The Capulet Tomb

Ramie Targoff

in Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226789590
eISBN:
9780226110462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226110462.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter addresses Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the single literary work that best captures the mortal poetics at the center of this book. In Shakespeare’s sources for the play—Italian stories ... More


‘cast like Euridyce one brief look behind’: The Post-War World

J. Alison Rosenblitt

in E. E. Cummings' Modernism and the Classics: Each Imperishable Stanza

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198767152
eISBN:
9780191821332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767152.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 8 considers Cummings’ carpe diem corpus and offers a chance to examine Cummings’ Classical stabilities and instabilities. As Elizabeth Prettejohn had suggested in her reconsideration of ... More


LINCOLN CENTER COMMISSIONS: The Opening of Philharmonic Hall

Barbara B. Heyman

in Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195090581
eISBN:
9780199853090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090581.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American

With the opening of the new Philharmonic Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Permorning Arts in 1962, Samuel Barber was requested to compose a piano concerto. This chapter describes how he created ... More


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