1997

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0608.  Thursday, 29 May 1997.

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Thursday, 29 May 1997 05:42:24 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 8.0605  Themes in King Lear

[2]     From:   Alan Pierpoint <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 28 May 1997 23:37:52 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Themes in King Lear


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From:           Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 29 May 1997 05:42:24 -0400
Subject: Themes in King Lear
Comment:        SHK 8.0605  Themes in King Lear

For Chris Clark: One of the central themes in King Lear is
unemployment.  Think about it.

T. Hawkes

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From:           Alan Pierpoint <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 28 May 1997 23:37:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Themes in King Lear

One theme of Lear is that of old age, and the horror of Lear's
self-discovery:  His shallow vanity has poisoned his family
relationships and left him destitute in his old age, with no time left
to make things right.  Life is perhaps a race between self-knowledge and
death, and death always wins; but it matters, sometimes a lot, how soon
we learn what we DO manage to learn...by the way, an interesting take on
the Lear story, re-set in the American heartland, is Jane Smiley's A
Thousand Acres.  Imagine the story told from Goneril's point of view,
with Cordelia as a bitch lawyer and Edmond as a Vietnam deserter and
organic farmer, and the old man...well, he's evil in ways that Lear
never was.

Alan Pierpoint   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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