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Conceiving Desire in Lyly and ShakespeareMetaphor, Cognition and Eros$
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Gillian Knoll

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474428521

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428521.001.0001

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Binding the Void: The Erotics of Place in Antony and Cleopatra

Binding the Void: The Erotics of Place in Antony and Cleopatra

(p.136) Chapter 4 Binding the Void: The Erotics of Place in Antony and Cleopatra
Conceiving Desire in Lyly and Shakespeare

Gillian Knoll

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 4 analyses the erotics of bounded place and of limitless space in Antony and Cleopatra. The chapter begins by exploring Edward Casey’s philosophical history of place and space in order to consider the erotic implications of these two scenes for characters as well as for audiences. Images of bounded place in Antony and Cleopatra get their erotic charge from the language of sexual bondage, more specifically, the formal and temporal features of masochism. Chapter 4 then explores accounts of infinite space from early modern cosmologists such as Francesco Patrizi and Giordano Bruno, who theorized about the void. This chapter argues that Antony and Cleopatra eroticize the infinite void by imposing the sturdy boundaries of place onto vacant space. Binding the void allows the lovers to present this vacancy to one another, enabling pleasurable experiences of self-loss and self-forgetting.

Keywords:   Antony and Cleopatra, Edward Casey, Place, Space, Void, Cosmology, Giordano Bruno, Masochism, Gilles Deleuze, Bondage

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