William Shakespeare’s King Lear

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Read from the First Folio!

Read from Q2 (Quarto 2)

Parallel texts (side-by-side) of Q

2 and the First Folio


King Lear hyper-concordance.  Look up specific words or references in the text.  Or try this Google book for the Folger edition and type in the desired word on the left.


The story of King Leir--the source for Shakespeare’s play


King Lear CHARACTER CHART


LISTEN

LISTEN TO EACH SCENE OF THE PLAY--WHILE YOU READ OR BEFORE YOU READ


WATCH

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2010 production , with Ian McKellen as Lear.

(Interview with Ian McKellen on playing Lear)


Shakespeare in the Park (1974), with James Earl Jones (at NYC’s Central Park) (no longer on YouTube; maybe it’ll return)


The RSC’s 1971 production, with Paul Scofield, directed by Peter Brook (no longer on YouTube; maybe it’ll return)


CRITICISM

READ:

Oxford’s A.C. Bradley’s famous 1904 Lectures on Shakespearean Tragedy.  Lectures VII and VIII are on King Lear. Bradley’s influence is in this anonymous poem:

            I dreamt last night that Shakespeare’s Ghost

            Sat for a civil service post.

            The English paper for that year

            Had several questions on King Lear

            Which Shakespeare answered very badly

            Because he hadn’t read his Bradley.


Jan Kott’s “King Lear or Endgame” (1963)


“Nothing is at Stake:  On Shakespeare, Lana Del Rey, and the Relatable” (John Pistelli)--on whether Shakespeare ought to be seen as a moral voice


From KingLear.org:

Samuel Johnson

Charles Lamb

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

August Wilhelm Shlegel

William Hazlitt



AUDIO:

Oxford Professor Emma Smith’s 2012 King Lear lecture


BBC’s “In Our Time”--a discussion of King Lear


Three Lectures from UC Berkley Professor Charles Altieri:

Lecture 1      Lecture 2    Lecture 3

(Altieri is a very engaging lecturer, but there are also lengthy blank spaces here where students are commenting or questioning.)


VIDEO:

Shakespeare Uncovered--with Christopher Plummer


View Marjorie Garber’s Harvard lecture


A Critical Guide to King Lear

Pt. 1        Pt. 2        Pt. 3

ASSIGNMENTS

Essential Question Pre-reading Essay (doc): The Human Condition 2015-2016 Student Responses (current)

2014-2015 Student Responses

2013-2014 Student Responses

Reinstein essay (2014-2015)


Final King Lear essay (in-class)


Reading Questions  (doc)

Individual Assignments

1.1-1.3 (doc)            1.4-1.5 (doc)

2.1-2.3 (doc)           2.4 (doc)

3.1-3.4 (doc)           3.5-3.7 (doc)

4.1-4.4 (doc)          4.5-4.7 (doc)

5.1-5.3 (doc)


Introductory PLAYBILL (doc)

Fishbowl Discussion on Acts 1-2 (2015-16)

Final Fishbowl Discussion (on Cordelia)

BoardNotes (2013-2014)

Daily Quotations/Questions


2012-2013

Honors Criticism assign.

Final Essay Assignment      

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