Particular Saints: Shakespeare's Four Antonios, Their Contexts, and Their Plays

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University of Delaware Press, 1997 - 250 страници
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.
 

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Wise men follyfalln Characters Named Antonio in English Renaissance Drama
20
A foolish consistency Antonio and Alienation in The Merchant of Venice
51
Willing love Antonio Viola and Epiphany in Twelfth Night
88
The worlds great snare Antony Cleopatra and Game
116
Prosperos false brother Shakespeares Final Antonio
154
No way out but through Shakespeares Antonios and the Wisdom of This World
186
Notes
193
Bibliography
229
Index
241
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