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Humor in Lear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2401  Friday, 19 December 2003

[1]     From:   David Richman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Dec 2003 12:49:00 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2391 Humor in Lear

[2]     From:   Donald Jellerson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Dec 2003 11:38:40 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2391 Humor in Lear

[3]     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Dec 2003 15:28:29 -0500
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From:           David Richman <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Dec 2003 12:49:00 -0500
Subject: 14.2391 Humor in Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2391 Humor in Lear

At the first "Blackfriars" Conference, sponsored by the Shenandoah
Shakespeare Express and held at Staunton, Virginia, in October, 2001, I
presented a paper on the savage comedy in the blind Gloucester scenes.
I compared these to Beckett's and Mel Brooks' comedy of deprivation.
The paper is due to be published in the conference proceedings,
tentatively titled "Shakespeare, Inside and Out" due out sometime next
year.

Cheers,
David Richman

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From:           Donald Jellerson <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Dec 2003 11:38:40 -0800
Subject: 14.2391 Humor in Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2391 Humor in Lear

Mike Jensen asks: "Can any recommend articles or portions of books about
humor in *King Lear*?"

For whatever it's worth, here are a few articles I found useful when I
was researching "prophecy" in King Lear.  Phyllis Gorfain's excellent
article, for example, explores the play's humor in terms of a
"folkloric" register.  I suppose you might look at this as in the
tradition of Bakhtin.

Gorfain, Phyllis. "Contest, Riddle, and Prophecy: Reflexivity Through
Folklore in King Lear" Southern Folklore Quarterly 40, 1977: 239-54

Zitner, Sheldon P. "The Fool's Prophecy" Shakespeare Quarterly 18 (1)
1967: 76-80.

Good luck,
Donald Jellerson

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From:           Fran Teague <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Dec 2003 15:28:29 -0500
Subject: 14.2391 Humor in Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2391 Humor in Lear

One of the loveliest comic versions of Lear is Maurice Baring's
"Goneril's Letters to Regan."  It's often anthologized; I know it's in
the Dwight Macdonald Parody anthology.

Fran Teague
http://www.english.uga.edu/~fteague

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