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Poor Tom : living King Lear

Author: Simon Palfrey
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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King Lear is perhaps the most fierce and moving play ever written. And yet there is a curious puzzle at its center. The figure to whom Shakespeare gives more lines than anyone except the king-Edgar-has often seemed little more than a blank, ignored and unloved, a belated moralizer who, try as he may, can never truly speak to the play's savaged heart. He saves his blinded father from suicide, but even this act of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Palfrey, Simon.
Poor Tom
(DLC) 2013043062
(OCoLC)862041544
Named Person: William Shakespeare
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Palfrey
ISBN: 9780226150789 022615078X 9781322047195 1322047197
OCLC Number: 887802704
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Prelude: the hanging man --
Introduction --
Interlude: the stranger --
Scene 1: into the hollow --
Interlude: job redux --
Scene 2: enter Tom --
Interlude: Tom is ...? --
Scene 3: Tom's voices --
Interlude: to be allegory --
Scene 4: Tom's places --
Interlude: history man --
Scene 5: lurk, lurk --
Interlude: living King Lear --
Scene 6: shuttered genealogy --
Interlude: decreated --
Scene 7: fool to sorrow --
Interlude: humanist and posthumanist: a dialogue --
Scene 8: to the edge of the cliff --
Interlude: the binding --
Scene 9: fallen, or not? --
Interlude: everyman --
Scene 10: alive, or dead? --
Interlude: the pending world --
Scene 11: dark places --
Interlude: Jacob and Esau --
Scene 12: departures --
Conclusion: Shakespeare's radical.
Responsibility: Simon Palfrey.

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One of the most memorable Shakespearean characters is Edgar in King Lear. The author asks us to rethink all those received ideas - and thus to experience King Lear as never before. He argues that  Read more...

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