Antony: Two Things

Here at Shakespeare ZA we are constantly seeking to grow our collection of resources for teachers and learners. The latest addition is an insightful essay about Antony and Cleopatra (the current Grade 12 set work for IEB schools) by Johannesburg-based teacher Mary van Zyl. In it, she discusses the conflict between “Roman Antony” and “Egyptian Antony”.

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Mary van Zyl (nee Barrett) has an Honours degree in Fine Arts and an Honours degree in English, both from the University of Stellenbosch. She also earned an MA in English from UNISA. Her dissertation looks at three science fiction/fantasy protagonists in the work of Ursula K le Guin through the lens of the Jungian archetype of the Anima. She has been teaching English at tertiary or secondary level for the last 18 years. Her areas of particular interest are Science Fiction and Shakespeare.