William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra

Ken Parker

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ISBN: 9780746311400

Publication: October 31, 2005

Series: Writers and their Work

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Kenneth Parker gives a historical and critical exposition of commentaries of the play. These are traced back to firmly held assumptions, about theories of literary production and consumption as well as political relations, not yet wholly shed in the present. Dominant traditions (of Cleopatra as ‘whore’ and ‘gypsy’; of Antony as ‘deserter’; of ‘Rome’ as the measure by which it, as well as ‘Egypt’ should be read) are not simply questioned, but instead, close reading of the text of the play provides a comprehensive set of alternative readings based upon mostly postcolonial and feminist theories. From this there emerges the concluding argument that, of all Shakespeare’s plays, Antony and Cleopatra is the text for our times; one that is ‘past the size of dreaming’.

Format: Paperback

Edition: 2nd Revised edition

Size: 216 × 138 mm

128 Pages

ISBN: 9780746311400

Publication: October 31, 2005

Series: Writers and their Work

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