King Lear In Our Time

King Lear In Our Time

by Maynard Mack
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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

See more details below

Overview

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.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415352963
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Routledge Library Editions: Shakespeare
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >