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"And this is your brain on Shakespeare..."
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1986  Monday, 13 October 2003

From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Oct 2003 07:40:34 -0500
Subject: 14.1978 "And this is your brain on Shakespeare..."
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1978 "And this is your brain on Shakespeare..."

>King Lear is used to explain Alzheimer's disease, says the article.  "At
>the opening of this play, the once-mighty King Lear divides his kingdom
>in a way that seems to defy logic,

As a complete aside, I have tried to see Lear's mistake as a validating
response to some admonitory lines in Circero's  De Senectute: "Ita enim
senectus honesta est, si se ipsa defendit, si ius suum retinet, se
nemini emancipata est, si usque ad ultimum spiritum dominatur in suos."
(Cato Maior xi. 38)

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell
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