Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
This examination is a study of the characterization of Cleopatra in three early modern English plays. The three plays are the following: Mary Sidney's The Tragedie of Antonie, Samuel Daniel's The Tragedie of Cleopatra, and William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra . Although all three playwrights shared essentially the same cultural environment and historical context, they each created a different vision of the queen of the Nile. Cleopatra's gender and race are the focus of this examination. Sidney presents us with a "white-washed" version of Cleopatra---in an effort to make her more acceptable to the Elizabethan audience. Daniel is sympathetic to Cleopatra, but does make her take responsibility for the disaster that befalls the couple. Shakespeare creates a Cleopatra that is perfect in her imperfection.
Cleopatra; Cleopatra, Queen Of Egypt; Daniel, Samuel; Infinite; Mary Sidney; Plays; Samuel Daniel; William Shakespeare; Sidney, Mary; Shakespeare, William; Variety; Visions
British literature; English literature--Irish authors; Irish literature; Theater
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Baker, Katherine Lankford, "Cleopatra: Three visions of her infinite variety" (2003). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2562.