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Shakespeare: King Lear

1. Textual Problems

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Lecture

King Lear is one of four plays where the quarto text differs significantly from the folio text: there are scenes that appear, scenes that disappear, and speeches that are reassigned. In this module, we explore the textual problems associated with King Lear, and how these have been dealt with in the past and nowadays.

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 - Textual Problems [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/shakespeare-king-lear/textual-problems

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