Lear from Study to Stage: Essays in Criticism

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 305 pages
The late William Ringler, Jr. and James Ogden examine the theatrical tradition from Shakespeare's time to the nineteenth century. The history of literary criticism to Bradley and beyond is sketched in the introduction, and recent criticism is described in more detail by Richard Levin. Carol Rutter's essay on the women characters in the play is inspired partly by feminist criticism and partly by recent productions. The productions of the last thirty years are covered by theater critic Benedict Nightingale, and the major film versions by Anthony Davies and Stephen Phillips. Finally, Stuart Sillars presents a "visual history," an account of artistic responses that suggests further possibilities for both research and teaching.
 

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Contents

The TwoText Controversy
31
The Idea of Shakespeare and the Two Lears
45
Two Lears? By Shakespeare?
57
A Case for Conflation
79
Textual Revision and the Fool in King Lear
109
Some Remarks on King Lear
123
Lears Blasted Heath
135
King Lear Defamiliarized
146
Eel Pie and Ugly Sisters in King Lear
172
Some Recent Productions
226
King Lear on Film
247
Akira Kurosawas Ran
267
Toward a Visual History
278
Contributors
297
Index
299
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