Download e-book for kindle: Adapting King Lear for the Stage by Lynne Bradley

By Lynne Bradley

ISBN-10: 1409405974

ISBN-13: 9781409405979

wondering no matter if the impulse to evolve Shakespeare has replaced over the years, Lynne Bradley argues for restoring a feeling of historicity to the learn of version. Bradley compares Nahum Tate's background of King Lear (1681), variations by means of David Garrick within the mid-eighteenth century, and nineteenth-century Shakespeare burlesques to twentieth-century theatrical rewritings of King Lear, and indicates latter-day diversifications will be seen as a special style that permits playwrights to precise smooth topic positions with reference to their literary background whereas additionally engaging in broader debates approximately artwork and society. In settling on and moving various adaptive gestures inside of this old framework, Bradley explores the hyperlink among the severe and the artistic within the background of Shakespearean version. targeting works equivalent to Gordon Bottomley's King Lear's spouse (1913), Edward Bond's Lear (1971), Howard Barker's Seven Lears (1989), and the Women's Theatre Group's Lear's Daughters (1987), Bradley theorizes that sleek rewritings of Shakespeare represent a brand new form of textual interplay in line with a simultaneous double-gesture of collaboration and rejection. She means that this new interplay offers constituent teams, resembling the feminist collective who wrote Lear's Daughters, a technique to recognize their debt to Shakespeare whereas writing opposed to the conventional and destructive representations of femininity they see mirrored in his plays.

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