The purpose of this series is to delineate various critical approaches to specific literary texts. Part One of each book gives a critical survey of some of the major ways the text has been appraised. Part Two allows the authors to provide their own critical appraisal of the text.
The purpose of this series is to delineate various critical approaches to specific literary texts. Part one of each book gives a critical survey of some of the major ways the text has been appraised. Part two allows the authors to provide their own critical appraisal of the text. These methods are applied in this volume to Shakespeare's "Coriolanus".
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Part I Survey: "contextual" approaches - biographical and topical, political, history of ideas; "textual and formal" approaches, character and imagery - fictionalizing Coriolanus, fictionalizing versus epic distance, character, narrative and practical criticism, imported assumptions and prejudices, imagery - textual, the slide from imagery to moral judgement and narrative, visual imagery; "religious", "sociological" and "anthropological" approaches - Coriolanus as sacrificial scapegoat, the class struggle, Coriolanus as satyr, history as the absurd - Coriolanus in Eastern Europe, false analogies and lack of psychology, social anthropology; "interdisciplinary" approaches - Marxist, post-structural Marxist, the decentering of man, psychoanalytical, "theatre" approaches - performances, transpositions. Part 2 Appraisal - methodological problems: post-modernist theory or Jacobean theatre of mirrors; staging and some conventions; the crowd; seven scenes of warfare; distancing; an historical style - the house of mirrors; the isolated hero's tragedy; the hero, society and honour; Shakespeare's recurrent themes and techniques; language and acting as deception; revelations of character; Coriolanus and his mother; persuasion and dependency; crying; sex, love and bonding; the virgin warrior - fear of contamination; the price of love - unclean mouths; pretending love - inconstancy; the sexuality of battle; the sexuality of domination; power; V.6; Coriolanus' death; comedy?; the politics of neo-classicism; social context; Coriolanus and monarchy.
"Coriolanus" by Bruce King
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