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Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0254  Tuesday, 8 February 2005

[1]     From:   Arthur Lindley <
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        Date:   Monday, 7 Feb 2005 21:40:18 +0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0246 Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?

[2]     From:   Frank Whigham <
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        Date:   Mon, 07 Feb 2005 11:05:05 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0246 Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?


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From:           Arthur Lindley <
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Date:           Monday, 7 Feb 2005 21:40:18 +0800
Subject: 16.0246 Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0246 Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?

Imperiousness, willfulness, wit, the manipulation of an eroticised
image, the exertion of an anxiety-inducing feminine power in an
ostensibly masculine power structure.  Elizabeth also liked to refer to
herself as a female king in ways that may be reflected in Cleo's
frequently assumed androgyny (wearing Antony's 'sword Philippan', going
to war with Caesar's armada).  And both, of course, were
master/mistresses of political theatre.  It's not particularly my case,
however.  Don and others could consult the references in Richard
Madeleine's 'Plays in Performance' volume on A&C
(CUP, 1998, if I recall correctly).  Personally, I'm more interested in
the economic context of the play.

Arthur

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From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Mon, 07 Feb 2005 11:05:05 -0600
Subject: 16.0246 Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0246 Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?

D Bloom <
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 >Arthur Lindley writes, "Of course, there's also a (less romantic?)
 >prevalent theory that Cleo is based on Eliz I."
 >
 >Aside from their being women and politically astute monarchs, what on
 >earth to C and E have in common?
 >
 >Cheers,
 >don

The version I know is that Shakespeare's A&C are some kind of comment on
Elizabeth and Essex. I recall reading someplace that Fulke Greville
wrote an A&C play and then destroyed it lest it be thought to be about E&E.

Frank Whigham

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