William Shakespeare's King Lear

A Sourcebook

Edited by Grace Ioppolo

© 2003 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

This 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.

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1. Contexts 2. Interpretations Part 1: Critical History Part 2:King Lear in Performance 3. Key Passages 4. Further Reading Further References Index

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT013000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
LIT015000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare