'What are you?': the staging of messenger-function in Antony and Cleopatra

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Date: Jan. 2008
From: Parergon(Vol. 25, Issue 1)
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Document Type: Article
Length: 9,652 words

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Messengers have more vital roles in Antony and Cleopatra than in any other play of the period, and an investigation of staging issues relating to messenger-function in the play demonstrates the need to give more attention to the agency of messengers in early modern drama. There is evidence for the instant recognizability of messengers-by-trade--by way of costume, accessories, and/or manner--and this recognizability is associated with their metatheatrical function of revealing 'truth' in association with crises of identity and authority. Messenger parts offer useful verbal and non-verbal opportunities for inexperienced actors, and may sometimes have been used for apprentice-training.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A192310913