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Coriolanus 4.5
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0994  Monday, 3 May 2004

From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Sunday, 2 May 2004 14:08:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Coriolanus 4.5

Listmembers:

My latest reading of CORIOLANUS has provoked my interest in Act 4, scene
5, in which Coriolanus arrives unrecognized at the house of Aufidius in
Antium. The only criticism I have found of this scene focuses on the
homoeroticism of Aufidius's welcome in lines 110-139. However, I am
interested in the responses of the servingmen before and after they
become aware that their unknown visitor is Coriolanus. Could listmembers
direct me to criticism focused on their responses, perhaps in connection
with Aufidius's welcome, or with the responses of the Roman plebeians,
or with the development of Coriolanus's masculine identity?

Jack Heller
Huntington College

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