Coriolanus in South Africa

Johnson, David (2015). Coriolanus in South Africa. In: Smith, Bruce R. ed. The World's Shakespeare, 1660-Present. The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1235–1241.


This chapter traces the many different and competing interpretations of Shakespeare's play Coriolanus in South Africa, from the 1960s to the present. The chapter attends to the differences in the interpretations of the play from the apartheid to the post-apartheid periods, and pays particular attention to the fascination the play has held for South African politicians like the former president Thabo Mbeki.

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