Coriolanus: A Guide to the Play

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - 155 стор.


Whether written for Renaissance law students or the popular crowds at the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare's Coriolanus appeals to a wide audience. With thematic consistency, the play presents the class conflict between Roman patricians and plebeians in terms of metaphors, images, and symbols of the human body and its basic needs for nourishment, love, and security. The play considers the compromises individuals must make if they are to thrive in a social order, and its exploration of the responsibility of individuals to others has never been more timely. This book is a comprehensive introduction to the play.

The volume discusses the genesis and textual history of Coriolanus and the merits of available modern editions. Also included is a plot summary. The book gives special attention to the historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts that shaped Shakespeare's work, and it analyzes his language and dramatic art. A chapter analyzes the play's themes and ideas, while another surveys the play's critical and scholarly reception. Of special interest is a chapter on the play's performance history. The guide cites current scholarship throughout and offers suggestions for further reading.

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Textual History
1
Contexts and Sources
11
Dramatic Structure
37
Themes
95
Critical Approaches
103
The Play in Performance
117
Selected Bibliography
141
Works Cited
145
Index
153
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Сторінка 85 - I'll never Be such a gosling to obey instinct, but stand, As if a man were author of himself And knew no other kin.
Сторінка 12 - ... of incontinency in great inns having chambers and secret places adjoining to their open stages and galleries ; inveigling and alluring of maids, specially orphans and good citizens...
Сторінка 45 - He that trusts to you, Where he should find you lions, finds you hares; Where foxes, geese : you are no surer, no, Than is the coal of fire upon the ice, Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is To make him worthy whose offence subdues him, And curse that justice did it. Who deserves greatness Deserves your hate; and your affections are 170 A sick man's appetite, who desires most that Which would increase his evil.
Сторінка 45 - What would you have, you curs, That like nor peace nor war ? the one affrights you, The other makes you proud. He that trusts to you, Where he should find you lions, finds you hares ; Where foxes, geese : you are no surer, no, Than is the coal of fire upon the ice, Or hailstone in the sun.
Сторінка 53 - You souls of geese, That bear the shapes of men, how have you run From slaves that apes would beat?
Сторінка 21 - For it is a certain rule and instruction, which by examples past, teacheth us to judge of things present, and to foresee things to come...
Сторінка 28 - Dick, that do appear, Their needless vouches? Custom calls me to't:— What custom wills, in all things should we do't, The dust on antique time would lie unsvvept, And mountainous error be too highly heap'd For truth to over-peer.
Сторінка 50 - ... and over and over he comes, and up again ; catched it again : or whether his fall enraged him, or how 'twas, he did so set his teeth, and tear it ; O, I warrant, how he mammocked it ! Vol.
Сторінка 33 - In the meantime, if in truth of argument, dignity of persons, gravity and height of elocution, fulness and frequency of sentence, I have discharged the other offices of a tragic writer...

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MARY STEIBLE is assistant professor at Purdue University North Central. Her current projects include a paper on Shakespeare's concept of civil liberties as presented in Coriolanus and a longer effort on Shakespeare's Roman matrons as authoritative community voices in their respective texts.

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