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Re: Journey in Coriolanus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0217  Tuesday, 1 February 2000.

From:           Richard Carn <
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Date:           Monday, 31 Jan 2000 23:08:02 -0500
Subject:        Re: Journey in Shakespeare Theatre's Coriolanus

>Over the weekend, I saw the Shakespeare Theatre's very good production
>of *Coriolanus*. Andrew Long was stunning in the title role; Keith
>Hamilton Cobb played Aufidius as the ultimate sex symbol; and I would
>not be surprised if Ted van Griethusysen receives another Helen Hayes
>nomination, if not award, for best supporting actor for his portrayal of
>Menenius. My greatest misgiving about the production was Shelia Allen's
>Volumnia. To my taste, Volumnia should be, at least, the second
>strongest character in the production; Allen unfortunately was not.
>However, what I noticed at this production that I had apparently missed
>previously was the play's implied metaphoric journey: from belly, to
>bowels, to anus (that is, from the so-called nurture of the belly to
>elimination through the passage through the bowels). As I expounded upon
>this on the car on the way home, my wife Kathy pointed out that my
>perception was consistent with the bran imagery of the later part of the

Thanks for your succinct and suggestive review of Coriolanus.  Your body
metaphor observation excited me to thoughts of the extensive influence
of the human bodies parts and processes in the development and use of
linguistic expressions. Shakespeare's' insights to the relations of
bodily processes and an emotional and/or spiritual course of events
appears to be a subject area worthy of pursuit.  If anyone knows of any
work done along these lines I would appreciate being informed.

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