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Coriolanus: A Guide to the Play (Greenwood Guides to Shakespeare)

Coriolanus: A Guide to the Play (Greenwood Guides to Shakespeare)
Author: Mary Steible
ISBN 13: 9780313329623
ISBN 10: 313329621
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Greenwood
Publication Date: 2004-11-30
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 176
List Price: $91.00

The Tragedy of Coriolanus is a curiosity, not in its roots in Plutarch, a source for several plays by Shakespeare, but in its adaptability in staging to reflect support for either those destined to rule or those destined to be ruled. Steible (English, Purdue U.) reviews the history of the text, its context and sources, dramatic structure, themes and critical approaches. She also shows how the play has been performed over time, and how it has been interpreted differently depending on the era and the political intent of the direction. This book provides background information necessary to understanding the text rather than a line-for-line commentary, and as such will be useful to those studying one of Shakespeare's "Roman plays" for the first time. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR