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Shakespeare’s voyage to Greece
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The plays William Shakespeare set 'upon the very hem of the sea' in the mythopoeic landscape of Greece confront the 'Greeks and Merrygreeks'. In Antony and Cleopatra, there is a lightning-flash of ghostly precognition at Alexandria, the perennial gateway between past and future, Europe and Asia. There is an incipient 'to-effect' in Antony and Cleopatra, as urgent as the 'odour of imminence' that for Cixous makes Julius Caesar, with its cries for 'peace, freedom, and liberty', 'smell like time'. Shakespeare's 'Earls of Paradise' understood, the Neoplatonist ideology that 'the touches of sweet harmony' restore 'earthly things' to 'true perfection' is hard to resist. That was the illusion of power, 'the ability to overcome gravity controls the natural world, reveals the operations of the heavenly spheres, and was supreme expressions of Renaissance kingship'.

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