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Hamlet versus Lear : cultural politics and Shakespeare's art

Author: R A Foakes
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book focusses on the two plays of Shakespeare that have generally contended for the title of 'greatest' among his works. Hamlet remained a focal point of reference until about 1960, when it was displaced by King Lear, a play which at the same time ceased to be perceived as a play of redemption and became a play of despair. Foakes attempts to explain these shifts by analysing the reception of the plays since  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Shakespeare, William <1564-1616> - Critique et interprétation - Histoire.; Shakespeare, William <1564-1616> - Critique textuelle.; Shakespeare, William <1564-1616> / Hamlet.; Shakespeare, William <1564-1616> / King Lear.; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William (1564-1616) Shakespeare; William (1564-1616) Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R A Foakes
ISBN: 0521342929 9780521342926
OCLC Number: 25411219
Description: x, 262 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Hamlet and Hamletism. Hamlet privatized and politicized ; Hamlet and Hamletism ; Hamlet in the modern world ; Hamlet our contemporary --
The reception of King Lear. King Lear and redemption ; King Lear and despair ; King Lear destabilized ; King Lear historicized --
Plays and texts. Processing Shakespeare ; Scripts, play-texts, literature ; Texts of Hamlet ; Texts of King Lear --
Hamlet, King Lear and art. Let's restate the problem ; Shakespeare under attack ; Inward illusion ; Knowledge, meaning, artistic form --
A design for Hamlet. Hamlet Senior ; Gertrude and Ophelia ; Claudius ; Hamlet --
A shaping for King Lear. Division ; Expulsion ; Confusion ; War ; The overall design.
Responsibility: R.A. Foakes.
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"Attention to any book by this distinguished author and professor of English...is always warranted, but especially this one, which has as its subjects, Hamlet and Lear, their variant texts, Read more...

 
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