Shakespeare Survey: Volume 55, King Lear and its Afterlife

Shakespeare Survey: Volume 55, King Lear and its Afterlife : An Annual Survey of Shakespeare Studies and Production

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Shakespeare Survey is a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Since 1948 Survey has published the best international scholarship in English and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays; each also contains a section of reviews of the previous year's textual and critical studies and of major British performances. The books are illustrated with a variety of Shakespearean images and production photographs. The current editor of Survey is Peter Holland. The first eighteen volumes were edited by Allardyce Nicoll, numbers 19-33 by Kenneth Muir and numbers 34-52 by Stanley Wells. The virtues of accessible scholarship and a keen interest in performance, from Shakespeare's time to our own, have characterized the journal from the start. For the first time, numbers 1-50 are being reissued in paperback, available separately and as a set.
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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 190 x 235 x 18mm | 639g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521049989
  • 9780521049986

Table of contents

List of illustrations; 1. King Lear: A retrospect, 1980-2000 Kiernan Ryan; 2. How Shakespeare knew King Leir Richard Knowles; 3. Contracts of love and affection: Lear, old age, and kingship William O. Scott; 4. Headgear as a paralinguistic signifier in King Lear Andrew Gurr; 5. What becomes of the broken-hearted: King Lear and the dissociation of sensibility Drew Milne; 6. Lear's afterlife John J. Joughin; 7. Songs of madness: the lyric afterlife of Shakespeare's poor Tom William C. Carroll; 8. Secularizing King Lear: Shakespeare, Tate, and the sacred Peter Womack; 9. 'Look on her, look': the apotheosis of Cordelia Janet Bottoms; 10. Jacob Gordin's Mirele Efros: King Lear as Jewish mother Iska Alter; 11. 'How fine a play was Mrs Lear': the case for Gordon Bottomley's King Lear's Wife Richard Foulkes; 12. Some Lears Richard Proudfoot; 13. King Lear and Endgame R. A. Foakes; 14. Shakespeare in pain: Edward Bond's Lear and the ghosts of history Thomas Cartelli; 15. 'Think about Shakespeare': King Lear on pacific cliffs Mark Houlahan; 16. Actors, editors, and the annotation of Shakespeare playscripts Michael Cordner; 17. Titus Andronicus: the Classical presence Niall Rudd; 18. Julius Caesar, Machiavelli, and the uses of history Robin Headlam Wells; 19. Scepticism and theatre in Macbeth Kent Cartwright; 20. Revels end, and the gentle body starts Simon Shepherd; 21. 'Taking just care of the impression': editorial intervention in Shakespeare's Fourth Folio, 1685 Sonia Massai; 22. 'A world elsewhere': Shakespeare in South Africa Jonathan Holmes; 23. Shakespeare performances in England, 2001 Michael Dobson; 24. Professional Shakespeare productions in the British Isles, January-December 2000 Niky Rathbone; The Year's Contribution to Shakespeare Studies: 25. Critical studies reviewed by Edward Pechter; 26. Shakespeare's life, times, and stage reviewed by Leslie Thomson; 27. Editions and textual studies (1) reviewed by Eric Rasmussen; 28. Editions and textual studies (2) reviewed by John Jowett; Books received; Index.
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"As a collection, these essays group together several different ways of looking at the play without relying on a conception of a pure original, offering a strategy for analyzing how a text accrues meanings and how those meanings are transformed over time even as they are related to some, however hypothetical, original." Essays in Theatre Jennifer Feather, Brown University "a very attractive and useful volume in the series begun over half a century ago." - Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England Jay L. Halio
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