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Antony and Cleopatra (Second Edition)(Writers and Their Work)

by Kenneth Parker
Northcote House Publishers, Ltd

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Pub Date: 2005
Format: Paperback with bw illus.
Pages: 104 pp.
Size: 5.25 x 8.50 inches

ISBN: 9780746311400
TB Code: 1906271
Availability: 113 in stock

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’.