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Julius Caesar: A Critical Reader

edited by Andrew James Hartley

DOI: 10.5040/9781474220415

ISBN: 9781474220385

This volume offers a practical, accessible and thought-provoking guide to this Roman tragedy, surveying its major themes and critical reception. It also provides a detailed and up-to-date history of the play's performance, beginning with its earliest known staging in 1599, including an analysis of the 2013 film Caesar Must Die starring Italian inmates, and an assessment of why the play is now coming back into vogue on stage. Moving through to four new critical essays, it opens up cutting-edge perspectives on the work, and finishes with a guide to pedagogical approaches by the experienced teacher and leading academic Jeremy Lopez.

Detailing web-based and production-related resources, and including an annotated bibliography of critical works, the guide will equip teachers and facilitate students' understanding of this challenging play.

‘I'm very impressed by this series. I think its success lies in part in the general editors' wise selection of volume editors who are both intellectually open-minded and capable of assembling strong, diverse teams of contributors.’ – Studies in English Literature