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Beyond Binarism: Eros/Death and Venus/Mars in <i>Antony and Cleopatra</i> and <i>The Faerie Queene</i>

Judith H. Anderson

in Reading the Allegorical Intertext

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228478
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241125 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823228478.003.0022
Beyond Binarism: Eros/Death and Venus/Mars in Antony and Cleopatra and The Faerie Queene

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Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra is known to be generically mixed and even anomalous in the extent and degree to which it combines tragedy, comedy, and romance with lyric, myth, history, and allegory. Shakespeare's play is also in good part about gender; it focally concerns one infinitely various female persona. And his leading male persona is complementarily various to an extent less appreciated because of the harder to assimilate still-conventional notions of gender. Anthony and Cleopatra has a further relation to Venus and Adonis, it is attested in critical studies and ranges from specific verbal echoes and rhetorical motifs to character and theme.

Keywords: Shakespeare; Anthony and Cleopatra; tragedy; comedy; romance; myth; allegory; gender; character; theme

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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