Anthony and Cleopatra (Oxford Shakespeare Series)

Anthony and Cleopatra (Oxford Shakespeare Series)

by William Shakespeare, Neill
     
 

Now available in beautiful World's Classics editions—with handsome, four-color covers and new low prices—The Oxford Shakespeare offers new and authoritative edions of Shakespeare's plays. In each volume, an introductory essay provides all relevant background information together with an appraisal of critical views and the play's performance history. In

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Now available in beautiful World's Classics editions—with handsome, four-color covers and new low prices—The Oxford Shakespeare offers new and authoritative edions of Shakespeare's plays. In each volume, an introductory essay provides all relevant background information together with an appraisal of critical views and the play's performance history. In addition, the detailed commentaries pay particular attention to the language and staging. These editions are perfect for all readers, whether actors needing stage directions, students desiring comprehensive (yet inobtrusive) notes, or the reader of classic literature returning to the Bard's timeless writings. The most formally ambitious and poetically brilliant of Shakespeare's tragedies, Anthony and Cleopatra is also one of his most critically contentious plays in terms of the degree and nature of its success. Always alert to the play's theatricality and boldly experimental design, the wide-ranging introduction offers a fresh critical account of the play, exploring its paradoxical treatment of gender and identity as well as the rich complexity and tensions of its much-loved poetic language. With a generous appendix of Shakespeare's source materials, this edition also offers a full stage history.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198129097
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1993
Series:
Oxford Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
Reprinted
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.12(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsviii
Chronology of Historical Eventsx
Introduction1
Reception1
Sources5
Date and Publication20
The Play in Performance23
Interpretation67
The Pattern of Anticlimax67
The Dislocation of Identity78
The Play of Perspective: Enobarbus as Choric Fool89
The Rhythms of Nostalgia94
The Reach of Paradox: Doing and Undoing (1)100
Gender and Self-Loss107
The Properties of the Self112
Finis coronat opus: Doing and Undoing (2)123
Editorial Procedures131
Abbreviations and References137
Anthony And Cleopatra143
Appendix AThe Life of Marcus Antonius327
Appendix BA Note on the Staging of 4.16 and 5.2363
Appendix CA Note on Pronoun Usage368
Appendix DA Note on Lineation370
Index379

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