Shakespeare: King Lear: Essays * Articles * Reviews

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This Critical Guide helps students sift through and make sense of nearly three centuries of Lear criticism, providing insight into different assessments of the play's merit and its place within Shakespeare's work and the canon of English literature. Highlights include excerpts from the neoclassical and Romantic receptions of King Lear -- material from John Dryden, Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Victor Hugo -- and a discussion of recent and current trends in ...

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Overview

This Critical Guide helps students sift through and make sense of nearly three centuries of Lear criticism, providing insight into different assessments of the play's merit and its place within Shakespeare's work and the canon of English literature. Highlights include excerpts from the neoclassical and Romantic receptions of King Lear -- material from John Dryden, Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Victor Hugo -- and a discussion of recent and current trends in criticism of the play.

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Analyzes the play's scholarly reception from the late 17th century to the late 20th, with long excerpts from examples of each period and approach. Covers neo-classicism, Romanticism, Realism during the 19th century, the shift from Christianity to chaos through the first half of the 20th century, and contemporary criticism since the 1960s. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780231115285
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Columbia Critical Guides Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Susan Bruce teaches at the University of Keele, England.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Question of Value
Neo-Classicism
Romanticism
Realism
From Christianity to Chaos
Contemporary Criticism of King Lear
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