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Re: Tate's Lear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1026  Thursday, 22 October 1998.

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Date:           Wednesday, 21 Oct 1998 10:51:26 -0400
Subject: 9.1019  Tate's Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1019  Tate's Lear

Also, Christopher Spencer provides a very accessible defense of Tate, as
do some of the others whom I selected for this bibliography-lifted from
a paper I penned on Tate's Lear.  I argued that his version is a
precursor of the later 18th century Melodrama, which in its turn also
draws upon conventions of other 18th century dramatic genres.  Tate
wrote a Lear for his era and his audience.  Although one might question
whether or not Shakespeare's version was indeed unstrung and "unpolish'd
jewels" (Tate's metaphor), Nahum really did manage to string them
together in a coherent way.

Personally, I enjoy the comfort of seeing Lear and Kent and Gloucester
totter off into old age, and the triumph, and marriage, of Edgar and
Cordelia gives new conviction to Edgar's "moral":  "To speak what we
feel, and not what we ought to say."  For me Lear is a most devastating
piece of literature-it leaves me-even in the recent PBS version :)
--battered emotionally, even as I am reveling in its beauty.  Tate added
some kind of "beauty" and lets us put down the batterers and see
"justice"-and hope-enacted upon the stage.

TR


Adler, Doris, "The Half-Life of Tate in King Lear," The Kenyon Review,
1985  7:3: 52-56.

Green, Lawrence, "'Where's My Fool?':  Some Consequences of the Omission
of the Fool in Tate's Lear," Studies in English Literature 1500-1900,
1972, 12: 259-74.

Harrison, G.B. and McDonnell, Robert F., King Lear: Text, Sources,
Criticism. Harcourt, Brace, and World, Inc., New York, 1962.

Lowrey, Robert, "The Theme of Legitimate Succession in Nahum Tate's King
Lear," Publication of the Arkansas Philological Association, 1978 4:3:
18-24.

Parsons, Philip, "Restoration Melodrama and Its Actors," Komos, Monesh
University: Australia, 1970 2: 81-98.

Sengupta, Shivaji, "Shakespearean Adaptation and Political
Consciousness: 1678-1682," Mid-Hudson Language Studies, 1984  4: 58-67.

Spencer, Christopher, "A Word for Tate's King Lear," SEL: Studies in
English Literature 1500-1900, 1963, 3: 241-251.

Spencer, Christopher, Five Restoration Adaptations of Shakespeare.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1965.
 

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