Coriolanus (New Cambridge Shakespeare Series) / Edition 2

Coriolanus (New Cambridge Shakespeare Series) / Edition 2

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by William Shakespeare, Bridget Escolme
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521728746

ISBN-13: 9780521728744

Pub. Date: 02/26/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This generously annotated updated edition of Coriolanus provides a thorough reconsideration of Shakespeare's remarkable, and probably his last, tragedy. A substantial introduction situates the play within its contemporary social and political contexts – dearth, riots, the struggle over authority between James I and his first parliament, the travails of Essex and…  See more details below

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This generously annotated updated edition of Coriolanus provides a thorough reconsideration of Shakespeare's remarkable, and probably his last, tragedy. A substantial introduction situates the play within its contemporary social and political contexts – dearth, riots, the struggle over authority between James I and his first parliament, the travails of Essex and Ralegh – and pays particular attention to Shakespeare's shaping of his primary source in Plutarch's Lives. It presents a fresh account of how the protagonist's personal tragedy evolves within Shakespeare's most searching exploration of the political life of a community. The edition is alert throughout to the play's theatrical potential, while the stage history also attends to the politics of performance from the 1680s onwards, including European productions following the Second World War. A new introductory section by Bridget Escolme covers recent productions of Coriolanus, and criticism of the last ten years, with particular focus on gender and the play's politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521728744
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/26/2010
Series:
New Cambridge Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
1,258,465
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vi

Acknowledgements vii

Abbreviations and conventions viii

Introduction 1

Date, theatre, chronology 1

Sources 10

Contemporary contexts 17

Dearth, riots, rebellions 17

Politics and the franchise 27

Essex and Ralegh 33

The Play 40

Coriolanus on Shakespeare's stage 63

Stage history 67

Recent stage and critical interpretations BRIDGET ESCOLME 98

The people and the city: the politics of Coriolanus 99

Gender, sexuality, identity 101

A theatre of shame 102

The play in performance and performance criticism: anti-theatricality, stage presence and charisma 103

Spatial and sartorial politics in the early and post-modern theatre 109

Note on the text 112

List of characters 116

The Play 118

Textual analysis 289

Appendix: Lineation 308

Reading list 314

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