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Shakespeare: King Lear

3. Staging Problems

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Lecture

While King Lear is not a particularly difficult play to stage, there are a number of scenes where the director has to make a choice as to how that scene should be played. In this module, we look at three of them: the storm, the blinding of Gloucester, and the scene where Poor Tom convinces Gloucester that he is standing on the edge of a cliff.

Course

In this course, we explore several aspects of King Lear. We begin by looking at some of the textual problems of the play, before looking at aspects of the play and its performance. In particular, we explore the play’s comedic structure, the staging of the play, the role of Lear himself, and the problem of the play’s bleakness.

Lecturer

Born in Bristol, and educated at Oxford and St Louis, Dr John Lennard has taught English, American, and Commonwealth Literature in Cambridge, London, and Jamaica over more than twenty years. He has written two widely used textbooks (on poetry and drama) and monographs on Shakespeare, Paul Scott, Nabokov, and Faulkner, as well as two collections of essays on contemporary genre writers in crime, science fiction and fantasy, and romance. Enthusiastic, discursive, widely knowledgeable, and a demon for punctuation (on which he has also published extensively), he has been a popular Summer School Course Leader and lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Education since 1992.

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Lennard, J. (2018, August 15). Shakespeare: King Lear - Staging Problems [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/shakespeare-king-lear/staging-problems

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Lennard, John. "Shakespeare: King Lear – Staging Problems." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/shakespeare-king-lear/staging-problems