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Hamlet Versus Lear Cultural Politics and Shakespeare's Art

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ISBN-10: 0521607051

ISBN-13: 9780521607056

Edition: 2004

Authors: R. A. Foakes

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This book focuses 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 about 1800, an analysis which necessarily engages with the politics of the plays and the politics of criticism. Recent critical theorising has destabilised the texts and undermined the notion of greatness or any consideration of the plays as works of art. Foakes takes issue with such…    
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: Hamlet versus King Lear
Hamlet and Hamletism
The reception of King Lear
Plays and texts
Hamlet, King Lear and art
A design for Hamlet
A shaping for King Lear
Epilogue