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Particular saints : Shakespeare's four Antonios, their contexts, and their plays

Author: Cynthia Lewis
Publisher: Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997.
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"Why do characters named Antonio proliferate on the English Renaissance stage? Why are they so often paired with other characters named Sebastian? And more significantly, why are they repeatedly characterized by Shakespeare and his contemporaries as fools for love? Particular Saints draws on church history, art history, and theater history to address these questions by illustrating that Renaissance stage Antonios  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lewis, Cynthia, 1951-
Particular saints.
Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997
(OCoLC)605379694
Named Person: William Shakespeare; Anthony, of Egypt Saint; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William (1564-1616) Shakespeare; William (1564-1616) Shakespeare; William (1564-1616) Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Antoine, (saint ;; William Shakespeare; Antonio.; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Anthony, of Egypt Saint; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia Lewis
ISBN: 087413630X 9780874136302
OCLC Number: 36074351
Description: 250 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: I. Introduction: Particular saints: Shakespeare's four Antonios and their contexts --
"Wise me, folly-fall'n": Characters named "Antonio" in English Renaissance drama --
"A foolish consistency": Antonio and alienation in The merchant of Venice --
"Willing love": Antonio, Viola, and Epiphany in Twelfth night --
"The world's great snare": Antony, Cleopatra, and game --
Prospero's "false brother": Shakespeare's final Antonio --
II. Conclusion: "No way out but through": Shakespeare's Antonios and the wisdom of this world.
Responsibility: Cynthia Lewis.

Abstract:

"Why do characters named Antonio proliferate on the English Renaissance stage? Why are they so often paired with other characters named Sebastian? And more significantly, why are they repeatedly characterized by Shakespeare and his contemporaries as fools for love? Particular Saints draws on church history, art history, and theater history to address these questions by illustrating that Renaissance stage Antonios are a type, representing a tradition familiar to early modern audiences and exploited by Shakespeare in portraying his four major characters named Antonio." "Such characters ultimately derive from the rich medieval iconography and hagiography of Saint Anthony of Egypt. How this knowledge reinforms our late-twentieth-century understanding of the four plays in question is addressed in separate chapters that range widely across each work: The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest."--Jacket.

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