Comparison of Six Adaptations of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, 1681-1962. How Changing Politics Influence the Interpretation of a Text

Author: George, David
Year:2008
Pages:144
ISBN:0-7734-4984-1
978-0-7734-4984-8
Price:159.95
Examines Coriolanus, the last of Shakespeare’s Roman plays, by providing insight into the play’s adapters, their adaptations, and the critical reaction that each received in their time.

Reviews

“[The author’s] study is exemplary in many ways: it is scholarly and judicious, and goes into more depth than previous studies; he lets the facts speak for themselves whenever possible, and his conclusions are reasonable and derived from the evidence closely observed.” – Prof. Edmund M. Taft

“Advanced students of Shakespeare as well as of performance history will find it not only lucid but eminently reliable as a work of serious scholarship.” – Prof. Nick Clary, Saint Michael’s College

“The book features chapters on each major adaptation of the play, thoroughly and carefully annotated, with an eye for the illuminating quotation or the telling example.” - Prof. Ty Buckman, Wittenberg University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Prof. Edmund M. Taft
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Nahum Tate: The Tastes of the Time
2. John Dennis: This Want of Dramatical Justice
3. Thomas Sheridan: Little or No Plot
4. John Philip Kemble: Precious Materials
5. René-Louis Piachaud: An Unforeseen Opportunity
6. Bertolt Brecht: Shakespeare as Raw Material
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index