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Reading the Allegorical IntertextChaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton$
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Judith H. Anderson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228478

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228478.001.0001

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

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

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(p.239) 16. Beyond Binarism: Eros/Death and Venus/Mars in Antony and Cleopatra and The Faerie Queene
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Reading the Allegorical Intertext
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Judith H. Anderson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823228478.003.0022

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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