Parution: Anna Maria Montanari “Cleopatra in Italian and English Renaissance Drama”

Parution: “Cleopatra in Italian and English Renaissance Drama”,  écrit par Anna Maria Montanari, publié par Amsterdam University Press,
date de publication 22 – 07 – 2019

This book considers some of the main adaptations of the character of Cleopatra for the Renaissance stage, travelling from Italy to England to arrive finally to Shakespeare. It shows how each reading of the story of Cleopatra is unique to and expressive of the culture which produced it, even as writers drew from the same sources from Antiquity. For the first time texts belonging to different cultures, rigorously presented, are brought into dialogue on such questions as moral standpoint, gender and the representation of the exotic. Moreover, through the fascinating figure of Cleopatra, the reader is able to explore the development of Renaissance tragedy, in its commercial and non-commercial versions. Ultimately both questions at the heart of this study – concerning Cleopatra’s identity and her translation into theatre – converge to be (dis)solved by Shakespeare.

AUTHOR
Anna Maria Montanari
Dr. Montanari studied in Italy and in the UK. She is an Italianist and a comparatist and lectured on both Italian and English Renaissance at the University of Pavia. She is currently at the Università Cattolica, Milan. Together with Professor Stoppino (University of Illinois) she is preparing a catalogue of chivalric incunabula.

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