Coriolanus by William ShakespeareCoriolanus by William Shakespeare


byWilliam ShakespeareEditorLee BlissContribution byBridget Escolme

Hardcover | February 26, 2010

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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.
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Gra...
Title:CoriolanusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:February 26, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521429609

ISBN - 13:9780521429603

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Table of Contents

Introduction: date, theatre, chronology; Sources; Contemporary contexts: dearth, riots, rebellions; Politics and the franchise; Essex and Ralegh; The play; Coriolanus on Shakespeare's stage; Stage history; Recent stage and critical interpretations, by Bridget Escolme; Note on the text; List of characters; THE PLAY; Textual analysis; Appendix: lineation; Reading list.