Antonio’s sad flesh

buir.contributor.authorLenthe, Victor
buir.contributor.orcidLenthe, Victor|0000-0001-8270-9598
dc.citation.epage17en_US
dc.citation.spage1en_US
dc.contributor.authorLenthe, Victor
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-26T07:54:40Z
dc.date.available2023-02-26T07:54:40Z
dc.date.issued2022-08-18
dc.departmentProgram in Cultures, Civilization and Ideasen_US
dc.description.abstractThis article examines different meanings attached to the adjective ‘sad’ in the 1590s in order to reinterpret the sexual politics of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. The play’s title character Antonio famously proclaims that he performs ‘a sad [part]’ on the world’s ‘stage’. Critics have related this apparent declaration of melancholy to Antonio’s love for Bassanio and the heartbreak he may experience when the latter marries Portia. However, by examining the word's largely forgotten physiological meanings, I show that ‘sad’ was also a non-judgmental term for a man who lacks interest in procreation. Antonio’s embrace of this label has implications both for the play’s sexual politics and for its representation of putatively non-generative market economics.en_US
dc.embargo.release2100-01-01en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17450918.2022.2110148en_US
dc.identifier.eissn1745-0926
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/111754
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.publisherBritish Shakespeare Associationen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1080/17450918.2022.2110148en_US
dc.source.titleShakespeareen_US
dc.subjectThe merchant of veniceen_US
dc.subjectAntonio (character)en_US
dc.subjectRepresentations of same-sex desireen_US
dc.subjectRepresentations of non-procreationen_US
dc.subjectCritiques of reproductive futurismen_US
dc.subjectRepresentations of commerce and market economicsen_US
dc.titleAntonio’s sad fleshen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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