The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0173 Tuesday, 2 February 1999.
Date: Monday, 1 Feb 1999 14:19:23 -0600
Subject: 10.0165 Re: Merchant as Psychodrama
Comment: Re: SHK 10.0165 Re: Merchant as Psychodrama
>But why are both characters named "Antonio"?
Some answers are offered in a new book by Cynthia Lewis, *Particular
Saints: Shakespeare's Four Antonios, Their Contexts, and Their Plays* (U
of Delaware P, 1997). I've only read the review in Sixteenth Century
Studies which arrived today - but it sounds like a convincing argument
about preexisting traditions of association between Saint Anthony of
Egypt and Saint Sebastian (!), with common overtones of "love and
loving, selfishness and selflessness - charity and its limits"
(according to the reviewer, Albert Geritz).