Coriolanus (New Cambridge Shakespeare Series) / Edition 2

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Overview

An international team of scholars offers:

modernised, easily accessible texts

ample commentary and introductions

attention to the theatrical qualities of each play and its stage history

informative illustrations

Coriolanus

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 identity, gender and the politics of the play.

The New Revised Signet Classic edition of Shakespeare's rich ironic tragedy includes a new comprehensive stage history by Schoenbaum of notable actors, directors and productions of Coriolanus, plus a special introduction by the editor.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The ultimate Shakespeare tool for high school classrooms. This last of Shakespeare's tragedies derives from the writings of Plutarch. The story goes that General Coriolanus was ejected from Rome by an angry mob and sought revenge by aligning himself with Rome's enemies. Ultimately, his defection leads to his death. However, what sets one edition of a Shakespeare play apart from any other edition? The difference, in this case, is in the instructional details. This volume begins with a Cliff Notes-like summary (although definitely a literary cut above); a detailed description of critical characters in the play; a scene-by-scene breakdown of how the play evolves; and a longer commentary on each scene. The play is formatted in columns so that the obscure Shakespearean phrases are explained on the same visual line. The book concludes with the Plutarch source text, and offers criticisms, questions, and historical perspective for classroom discussion. In all, a very comprehensive study aid and if this play is not your cup of Earl Grey, the series includes more accessible works from the Bard. 1999, Oxford University Press, Ages 14 to Adult, $7.95. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
Library Journal
Penguin chose to revamp its venerable Pelican Shakespeare line in 1999. The updated series includes more accurate texts and new introductions by the current crop of leading Shakespearean scholars. The good stuff just gets better with age. (Classic Returns, LJ 10/15/99) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
YA-- Four more useful volumes accessible to high-school students of Shakespeare. Each includes a stage history, a critical history, and a few short critical analyses by the authors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521728744
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Series: New Cambridge Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 933,265
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bridget Escolme is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London.
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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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