The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0212 Wednesday, 11 March 1998.
Date: Tuesday, 10 Mar 1998 14:54:37 -0500
Subject: Query: Coriolanus
A friend of mine who has read a lot of Edwardian and post-Edwardian
memoirs tells me that *Coriolanus* was recognized as a formative
influence on British officer types in the period before WWI. Does
anyone out there know of similar effects in C18-19? Later C20?
Specific refs. welcome.
On a related line: Sam Schoenbaum avers in his account of the play's
stage history that John Philip Kemble's production of 1789 was "not
especially mindful . . . of topical resonances" (new Signet ed., 312).
Given what was going on in France that year the remark strikes me as
remarkable, and I wonder if the contemporary comments on the production
support it. (Might be worth somebody's while to check it out, if you
don't already have the material in your files.)