This revised edition preserves the play text as it was edited by Marvin Spevack for the 1988 first edition. Jeremy Lopez's new introduction provides a detailed discussion of Julius Caesar's strange and innovative form by focusing on the interpretive challenges the play has presented to audiences, scholars and theatre companies from Shakespeare's time to our own. The textual commentary has been revised and updated with an eye, and an ear, to the contemporary student reader, and the list of further reading has been updated to reflect the latest developments in Shakespearean criticism. Like the first edition, this edition concludes with an appendix containing relevant excerpts from Shakespeare's main source, Plutarch's histories of the lives of Caesar and Brutus as translated by Sir Thomas North in 1579.
Jeremy Lopez is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto and the author of Constructing the Canon of Early Modern Drama (Cambridge, 2014) as well as numerous other books and articles on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He is the general editor of the forthcoming Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama.
Introduction Jeremy Lopez; Note on the text; Note on the commentary; List of characters; The play; Textual analysis; Appendix: excerpts from Plutarch; Reading list.