William Shakespeare, King Lear

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Susan Bruce
Columbia University Press, 1998 - 192 pages
This Critical Guide helps students sift through and make sense of nearly three centuries of Lear criticism, providing insight into different assessments of the play's merit and its place within Shakespeare's work and the canon of English literature. Highlights include excerpts from the neoclassical and Romantic receptions of King Lear -- material from John Dryden, Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Victor Hugo -- and a discussion of recent and current trends in criticism of the play.

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Contents

NeoClassicism
15
Romanticism
48
Realism
83
From Christianity to Chaos
116
Contemporary Criticism of King Lear
149
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Susan Bruce teaches at the University of Keele, England.

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