Hamlet versus Lear: Cultural Politics and Shakespeares Art by R. A. FoakesHamlet versus Lear: Cultural Politics and Shakespeares Art by R. A. Foakes

Hamlet versus Lear: Cultural Politics and Shakespeares Art

byR. A. Foakes

Paperback | June 10, 2004

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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. Recent critical theorizing has destabilized the texts and undermined the notion of "greatness" or any consideration of the plays as works of art. Foakes takes issue with such theories and reconsiders textual revisions, in order to argue for the integrity of the plays as reading texts, and to recover a flexible sense of their artistry in relation to meaning.
Title:Hamlet versus Lear: Cultural Politics and Shakespeares ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:June 10, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521607051

ISBN - 13:9780521607056

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Introduction: Hamlet versus King Lear; 2. Hamlet and Hamletism; 3. The reception of King Lear; 4. Plays and texts; 5. Hamlet, King Lear and art; 6. A design for Hamlet; 7. A shaping for King Lear; Epilogue.

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"...enormously valuable as wide-ranging and knowledgeable discussions of a huge quantity of material handled with grace and skill. This is indispensable reading to anyone concerned with the afterlife of either play." Shakespeare Bulletin