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Title: The figure of Cleopatra in early modern English and French drama (1553-1635)
Author: Passe, Alison
ISNI:       0000 0004 7228 6204
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis explores the figure of Cleopatra in Early Modern English and French tragedy from 1553 to 1635 in the plays of Jodelle, Garnier, Montreux, Sidney, Daniel, Shakespeare, May, Mairet, and Benserade. There has been a dearth of full length studies investigating the figure of Cleopatra, to date only Mathilde Lamy's 2012 thesis has tackled the topic in depth. This thesis considers dramatic tradition, poetics, and contemporary events in order to trace the influences on the development of the figure of Cleopatra. The thesis examines, the authors, their plays, and performance as well as Early Modern English and French poetics before engaging more deeply with the figure of Cleopatra. The characterisation of the figure of Cleopatra is considered together with the notion of exemplarity. Her representation is framed through a discussion of the 'other' in Early Modern thought. Finally a consideration of the politics of speech in the Cleopatra plays links the plays firmly to the external circumstances surrounding their writing. The examination of all of these areas allows for the conclusion that the figure of Cleopatra while influenced by the nationality of the author and the attendant socio-political events, is more strongly effected by differences in poetics and dramatic tradition. The application of this mode of study, considering the changes in a single literary figure across multiple texts, through the lens of poetics, genre, and contemporary events allows not only for the detailed study of a single figure but also allows for some conclusions to be suggested about the changes taking place in literature as a whole throughout the period under consideration.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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