Imagining Cleopatra : performing gender and power in early modern England /

"Shakespeare's characterization of Cleopatra may dominate the collective consciousness, but he was only one of several 16th-century writers fascinated by the enigmatic queen of Egypt. Early modern conceptions of Cleopatra offer a rich, complex, and variable set of models for understanding...

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Author / Creator:Arshad, Yasmin, author.
Imprint:London ; New York : Bloomsbury Publishing 2019.
Description:xvii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Language:English
Series:The Arden Shakespeare
Arden studies in early modern drama
Arden Shakespeare (Critical studies)
Arden studies in early modern drama.
Subject:Cleopatra, -- Queen of Egypt, -- -30 B.C. -- In literature.
Cleopatra, -- Queen of Egypt, -- -30 B.C.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
Women heroes in literature.
Sex role in literature.
Women in literature.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
Literature.
Sex role in literature.
Women heroes in literature.
Women in literature.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11923284
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ISBN:9781350058965
1350058963
9781350058972
9781350058989
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"Shakespeare's characterization of Cleopatra may dominate the collective consciousness, but he was only one of several 16th-century writers fascinated by the enigmatic queen of Egypt. Early modern conceptions of Cleopatra offer a rich, complex, and variable set of models for understanding the period's responses to race, female sovereignty, and classical antiquity. This interdisciplinary study investigates images of Cleopatra in the early modern period and examines how her story was mediated and used - from drawing lessons from history to being a symbol of female heroism. It draws on early historiographical works, political and philosophical treatises, coterie dramatic productions, and gender, race and performance studies, as well as evidence from material culture, to consider what was known and thought about Cleopatra in the period This book provides a new literary and cultural history of one of the world's most contested and politically-charged iconic female figures. It combines a close reading of literary and dramatic works with historical and political contexts, paying particular attention to the three major early modern Cleopatra plays: Mary Sidney's translation of Robert Garnier's Marc Antoine, Samuel Daniel's The Tragedie of Cleopatra, and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. By examining these conflicting historical and fictional identities, Yasmin Arshad offers a diverse and ground-breaking study of Cleopatra's 'infinite variety'"--
Other form:Online version: Arshad, Yasmin, Imagining Cleopatra London ; New York Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. 9781350058972