A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on William Shakespeare's "King Lear"
Edited by Grace Ioppolo
Routledge Literary Sourcebook on William Shakespeare's King Lear by Grace Ioppolo
Book DescriptionThis sourcebook clearly introduces the many critical issues surrounding this complex and haunting play. Ioppolo examines sources, from Holinshed to Spencer, and in the Interpretations section looks at critical readings and notable performances of the play. These range from early critical responses and performances to recent stage and screen interpretations. Edited key passages connect the play to its contexts and criticism, providing both a guide and a new perspective on King Lear. Careful annotation explains Shakespeare's language. This is the ideal introduction for undergraduates, providing orientation in the play, its reception history and the critical material which surrounds it. It examines King Lear within its literary and cultural contexts, bringing together: *contemporary documents surrounding King Lear *performance history *early critical reception from major critics *twentieth-century criticism *key passages. All documents are discussed and explained. The volume also offers carefully annotated key passages from the play itself and concludes with a list of recommended editions and further reading, allowing readers to pursue their study in the areas that interest them most. Grace Ioppolo's broad-ranging analysis and the wealth of materials she brings together make this the ideal guide for any student of King Lear.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415234726
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Grace Ioppolo
Honest Man's Fortune, Hardback (November 2011)
An excellent facsimile editon of a well known Jacobean play. The play is rich in stage direction, character and plot, making it a valuable addition to The Malone Society list. Grace Ioppolo is an established editor of Renaissance drama, and has edited Revels volumes before now.
Measure for Measure, Paperback (December 2009)
This Norton Critical Edition looks at the full range of opinion and interpretation of this major play from its origins to the present day, from its "genius" (William Hazlitt) to its being a "hateful work, although Shakespearean throughout" (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), and beyond.
Dramatists and Their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood, Paperback (March 2008)
Presents evidence about the ways in which English Renaissance dramatists composed their plays and the degree to which they participated in the dissemination of their texts to theatrical audiences. This book argues that the path of the transmission of the text was not linear, from author to censor to playhouse to audience, but circular.
King Lear, Paperback (January 2008)» View all books by Grace Ioppolo
Helps readers navigate "King Lear's" history and includes nine primary sources from which Shakespeare borrowed in creating his play, along with two additional likely sources. This title discusses the best-known and most-often discussed passages from Quarto I. It provides thirteen critical interpretations, and three adaptations and responses.
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Author Biography - Grace Ioppolo
Grace Ioppolo is based at the University of Reading, and has previously taught at UCLA, University of California, Berkeley, American University (Washington DC) and The Shakespeare Institute. She is the author of Revising Shakespeare, editor of Shaespeare Performed: Essays in HOnour of R. A. Foakes and the editor of plays by Shakespeare and Middleton.
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