King Lear and the Gods

King Lear and the Gods Author William R. Elton
ISBN-10 9780813161303
Year 2015-01-13
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
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Many critics hold that Shakespeare's King Lear is primarily a drama of meaningful suffering and redemption within a just universe ruled by providential higher powers. William Elton's King Lear and the Gods challenges the validity of this widespread optimistic view. Testing the prevailing view against the play's acknowledged sources, and analyzing the functions of the double plot, the characters, and the play's implicit ironies, Elton concludes that this standard interpretation constitutes a serious misreading of the tragedy.

King Lear

King Lear Author Alexander Leggatt
ISBN-10 071906225X
Year 2004
Pages 216
Language en
Publisher Manchester University Press
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This updated and expanded analysis of King Lear in performance includes new chapters on the television version of the Royal National Theatre production directed by Richard Eyre and starring Ian Holm; and on Akira Kurosawa's Ran. Earlier chapters provide close, detailed analyses of the stage, film and television interpretations of John Gielgud, Harley Granville Barker, Paul Scofield, Peter Brook, Peter Ustinov, Michael Gambon, Adrian Noble, Grigori Kozintsev, Michael Hordern, Jonathan Miller, Laurence Olivier and Michael Elliott. By examining such issues as the playing of Lear, the staging of the storm and the battle, and the choice of historical period, this book shows how interpretation and performance are bound together, and how the play is transformed through different historical and political contexts.

King Lear

King Lear Author Elspeth Bain
ISBN-10 9780521735988
Year 2009-09-24
Pages 244
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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Modern editions of a popular and trusted series.

The Tragedy of King Lear

The Tragedy of King Lear Author William Shakespeare
ISBN-10 1586171372
Year 2008
Pages 340
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press
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One of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, King Lear is also one of the most thought-provoking. The play turns on the practical ramifications of the words of Christ that we should render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's. When confronted with the demand that she should render unto Caesar that which is God's, Cordelia chooses to "love and be silent". As the play unfolds each of the principal characters learns wisdom through suffering. This edition includes new critical essays by some of the leading lights in contemporary literary scholarship.

King Lear

King Lear Author William Shakespeare
ISBN-10 0140714766
Year 1999
Pages 142
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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Discussion on Shakespeare, his stage, and the texts of the plays supplements the tragic drama of an old king's pride and foolishness

The Tragedy of King Lear

The Tragedy of King Lear Author William Shakespeare
ISBN-10 0521847915
Year 2005-08-11
Pages 314
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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Updated critical edition of King Lear, including an introductory section on interpretations.

King Lear

King Lear Author Neil Heims
ISBN-10 0791095746
Year 2008
Pages 356
Language en
Publisher Chelsea House Pub
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Presents essays written from the seventeenth through the early twenty-first centuries that offer an analysis and critique of "King Lear," and includes a summary of the play and excerpts of key passages.

King Lear in Our Time

King Lear in Our Time Author Maynard Mack
ISBN-10 0415352967
Year 2005
Pages 126
Language en
Publisher Psychology Press
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This edition first published in 1966. Previous edition published 1965 by the University of California Press. Perhaps more than any other play of Shakespeare's King Lear has been subjected to almost totally contradictory interpretations. In the first historical section of the book the author describes the varying concepts of the play and the distortions of text and even plot that have been widely used. Garrick's playing of Lear as a pathetic and down-trodden old man. Laughton's and Olivier's versions and Herbert Blaus's theory of the 'subtext' are described and analysed. The central section of the book examines the medieval, folk and romance sources of the play. The final chapter illustrates how the action of the play and its pervading violence and evil are not explained in terms of human motive and rely for their meaning more on their effects than their antecedents. An important theme is the play's examination of society and the ties of service and family love.

King Lear

King Lear Author Jennifer Mulherin
ISBN-10 1842340468
Year 2001-06-01
Pages 31
Language en
Publisher Cherrytree Books
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Reviews the story of the classic Shakespeare play with historical background and character sketches.