By Jeffrey Kahan

ISBN-10: 0415775264

ISBN-13: 9780415775267

Is King Lear an self sufficient textual content, or a rewrite of the sooner and nameless play King Leir? may still we check with Shakespeare’s unique 4to while discussing the play, the revised folio textual content, or the preferred composite model, stitched jointly by means of Alexander Pope in 1725? What of its level diversifications? while turning from web page to degree, the severe view on King Lear is skewed by means of the truth that for nearly 1/2 the 400 years the play has been played, audiences most well liked Naham Tate's positive edition, during which Lear and Cordelia dwell fortunately ever after. whilst discussing King Lear, the query of what includes ‘the play’ is either advanced and fragmentary.

These problems with identification and authenticity throughout time and throughout mediums are defined, debated, and regarded severely via the individuals to this quantity. utilizing various methods, from postcolonialism and New Historicism to psychoanalysis and gender experiences, the top foreign individuals to King Lear: New severe Essays supply significant new interpretations at the belief and writing, enhancing, and cultural productions of King Lear. This booklet is an updated and accomplished anthology of textual scholarship, functionality study, and important writing on one in every of Shakespeare's most vital and puzzling tragedies.

Contributors Include: R.A. Foakes, Richard Knowles, Tom Clayton, Cynthia Clegg, Edward L. Rocklin, Christy Desmet, Paul Cantor, Robert V. younger, Stanley Stewart and Jean R. breaking point

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