"Bred Now of Your Mud": Land, Generation, and Maternity in Antony and Cleopatra

Staub, Susan C.
September 2012
Renaissance Papers;2012, p67
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism of William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" is presented. It attempts to show how the trope of spontaneous generation allows William Shakespeare to expand his interrogation of procreation in the play blurring gender boundaries as he does. It notes how Shakespeare repeatedly replaced human procreation with non-human, non-biological reproduction like Antony, the phoenix, who self-generates through self-immolation as he played with contemporary ideas about generation.


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