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The Resource Coriolanus on stage in England and America, 1609-1994, John Ripley

Coriolanus on stage in England and America, 1609-1994, John Ripley

Label
Coriolanus on stage in England and America, 1609-1994
Title
Coriolanus on stage in England and America, 1609-1994
Statement of responsibility
John Ripley
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Coriolanus is not a comfortable play. One of the most problematic, yet intensely theatrical, of Shakespeare's dramas, its ambivalent politics, linear plot, repellent characters, unmusical poetry, and downbeat finale have taxed artistic ingenuity throughout its recorded history. Through analysis of the verbal "score," including cuts, additions, alterations, actors' interpretations, and scenographic design, John Ripley fascinatingly reconstructs the play's perennial accommodation to political and social ideologies, aesthetic fashion, actors' and directors' fancies, and changing playhouse practice. Drawing upon promptbooks and other theater documents, engravings and photographs, reviews, interviews, letters, diaries, and memoirs, he creates a richly layered account of a play persistently denied its character and rarely staged without explicit or implicit apology." "From the late-seventeenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries, Coriolanus was revised to advance Tory and Whig agendas - and was even rewritten completely. In the decades preceding the French Revolution, Thomas Sheridan and John Philip Kemble evolved a production style which aestheticized the play's politics, privileged spectacle, and iconized its characters. This strategy shaped British and American productions for more than a century, apart from one bold but ineffective challenge by Edmund Kean in 1820." "Laurence Olivier's groundbreaking performance at the Old Vic shortly before World War II launched two decades of romantic revivals in which politics was contained by cinematic scenography and sex appeal. The obsessive narcissism and social activism of the sixties, the ideological disillusion of the seventies and eighties, and the postmodern materialism and cynicism of the nineties all have informed more recent productions."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
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1936-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ripley, John
Dewey number
822.3/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2805
LC item number
.R56 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tragedy
  • Generals in literature
  • Heroes in literature
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Coriolanus, Cnaeus Marcius
  • Rome
Label
Coriolanus on stage in England and America, 1609-1994, John Ripley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 396-413) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37493407
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
431 pages
Isbn
9780838637418
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97036482
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Coriolanus on stage in England and America, 1609-1994, John Ripley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 396-413) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37493407
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
431 pages
Isbn
9780838637418
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97036482
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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