The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0482 Friday, 30 November 2012
Date: Friday, November 30, 2012 2:25 PM
Subject: ISE/Broadview Julius Caesar Published
It is with great pleasure that I write to let you know that the second play in the ISE/Broadview series has been published: John Cox’s Julius Caesar. Congratulations to John on a fine edition, and to Broadview for their usual attractive and professional book design.
You will find it in the Broadview catalogue here:
I’m pleased to say that the next plays in the series—Henry IV, Part One, Twelfth Night, Henry V, and The Winter’s Tale—are in various stages of review and preparation.
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
Department of English, University of Victoria
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.
[Editor’s Note: I have augmented Michael Best’s announcement below. Hardy]
Julius Caesar is a key link between Shakespeare’s histories and his tragedies. Unlike the Caesar drawn by Plutarch in a source text, Shakespeare’s Caesar is surprisingly modern: vulnerable and imperfect, a powerful man who does not always know himself. The open-ended structure of the play insists that revealing events will continue after the play ends, making the significance of the history we have just witnessed impossible to determine in the play itself.
John D. Cox’s introduction discusses issues of genre, characterization, and rhetoric, while also providing a detailed history of criticism of the play. Appendices provide excerpts from important related works by Lucretius, Plutarch, and Montaigne.
A collaboration between Broadview Press and the Internet Shakespeare Editions project at the University of Victoria, the editions developed for this series have been comprehensively annotated and draw on the authoritative texts newly edited for the ISE. This innovative series allows readers to access extensive and reliable online resources linked to the print edition.
John D. Cox is DuMez Professor of English at Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and has published widely on Shakespeare’s plays and other Renaissance drama.
Table of Contents:
William Shakespeare and Julius Caesar: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Texts
Characters in the Play
Appendix A: Plutarch's Lives
- from Life of Caesar
- from Life of Brutus
- from Life of Marcus Antonius
Appendix B: Montaigne on Stoicism and Epicurenism
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A Broadview Internet Shakespeare Edition
Written by: William Shakespeare
Edited by: John D. Cox
ISBN: 9781554810505 / 1554810507
Now: CDN & US $13.95
In August: $15.95
Internet Shakespeare Editions edition: http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Foyer/plays/JC.html