Distracted Multitude: The Theater and The Many-Headed Monster

  • Ian Munro
Part of the Early Modern Cultural Studies book series (EMCSS)


At the height of his alienation from the plebeians, Coriolanus expresses his popular revulsion in terms of a paradox:

I would they were barbarians, as they are, Though in Rome litter’d; not Romans, as they are not, Though calved i’ th’ porch o’ th’ Capitol! (3.1.237–39)


Urban Space Common People Early Modern Period Collective Violence Henry VIII 
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