Understanding King Lear: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents / Edition 1

Understanding King Lear: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents / Edition 1

by Donna C. Woodford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313319367

ISBN-13: 9780313319365

Pub. Date: 07/30/2004

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Considered one of Shakespeare's most powerful dramas, King Lear, with its combined elements of political and domestic tragedy, is as interesting to today's readers as it was to Elizabethan audiences. While the play's intricate plot and timely themes can be challenging to students, studying the play in its historical contexts sheds a great deal of light on

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Considered one of Shakespeare's most powerful dramas, King Lear, with its combined elements of political and domestic tragedy, is as interesting to today's readers as it was to Elizabethan audiences. While the play's intricate plot and timely themes can be challenging to students, studying the play in its historical contexts sheds a great deal of light on important dramatic elements and topical references. This casebook was prepared to help students understand the literary and historic issues in King Lear, as well as its contemporary applications. Readers are introduced to the work with a Dramatic Analysis focusing on genre, character archetypes, themes, and sources. Excerpts from actual historical and literary sources demonstrate how King Lear incorporates elements of fairy tale, legend, and history as it alludes to the political controversies of Shakespeare's day. The final chapter in the casebook helps readers appreciate the thematic relatedness of King Lear to contemporary issues by focusing on the treatment of the elderly in our own society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313319365
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2004
Series:
The Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Dramatic Analysis

Historical Context: "That way madness lies": Insanity in Shakespeare's Time

Historical Context: Kingship: The Responsibilities and Weaknesses of a Ruler

Historical Context: "According to my bond": Family Ties in Shakespeare's Time

Adaptations: A Tale Retold

Contemporary Application: Treatment of the Elderly

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