The Tragedy of Coriolanus

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Clarendon Press, 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 388 pages
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Coriolanus is perhaps the most brillant political play ever written. Though it is set in Ancient Rome, it has proved itself over the centuries as a perennially relevant study of the relationship between personality and politics. The Introduction to this new edition considers Shakespeare's adaptation of his historical material in relation to the social and political conditions in London and Stratford at the time of the play's composition, also offering new evidence that it was written in1608. The play's searching presentation of the tension between politics and psychology is shown to result from major reinterpretations of Plutarch's structure and characterization. The editor offers a thorough and subtle analysis of the verbal style of the text and of its staging in relation to the Blackfriars theatre, where it was probably the first of Shakespeare's plays to be presented and for which it may have been written. A detailed study of its theatrical history illuminates the widerange of meanings the play has had for subsequent ages. The thorough commentary pays special attention to the needs of the actors and directors.

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Contents

Norths Plutarch and Other Sources
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Editorial Procedures
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APPENDIX A
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Copyright

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R. B. Parker is at University of Toronto.

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