Mark Antony and Popular Culture: Masculinity and the Construction of an Icon by Rachael KellyMark Antony and Popular Culture: Masculinity and the Construction of an Icon by Rachael Kelly

Mark Antony and Popular Culture: Masculinity and the Construction of an Icon

byRachael Kelly

Hardcover | January 23, 2014

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Who was Mark Antony? Popular culture remembers him as a deeply flawed character whose excessive appetites cost him an empire. From Shakespeare to the silver screen, Mark Antony's notoriety for drunkenness and decadence have survived and flourished in contemporary pop culture representations. But drunkenness and decadence were gendered concepts in Roman political discourse, and their use in constructing Mark Antony is not as straightforward as it might appear. In this fascinating account of a classical figure and his reception in popular culture, Rachael Kelly traces the evolution of the Mark Antony myth in Hollywood historical epic film and television. Examining the recurring tropes behind Richard Burton's Byronic dilettante and James Purefoy's amoral, impulsive bully-boy, Kelly deftly reveals the part these representations have to play in transmitting and interrogating a discourse of hegemonic masculinity that stretches all the way from Plutarch to the present day.

Rachael Kelly is a graduate of the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, where she was awarded a PhD in Film and Gender Studies. Her research explores the cultural function of Mark Antony in screen texts and screen portrayals of Cleopatra in light of recent debates in feminist film theory.
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Title:Mark Antony and Popular Culture: Masculinity and the Construction of an IconFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.81 × 5.54 × 1.23 inPublished:January 23, 2014Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction 'A Sort of Retrofitting of the Past with the Present'
1. Marcus Antonius: A Life In Invective
2. 'There's a Great Spirit Gone': The Absence of Fulvia and Curio
3. 'Th' Abstract of All Faults': Shakespeare's Antony As A Cultural Template
4. Augustan Projections: From Shakespeare to Rome
5. 'Neither Wit, Nor Words, Nor Worth': Antony versus the Hegemonic Man
6. A Modern Morality Tale: Embellishments from the Screen Age
Conclusion: 'A Tale of Modern Times in Fancy Dress'
Bibliography
Filmography
Appendix: Timeline of Historical Events