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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 533–565.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Lindsey Larre The many disguises of Edgar in King Lear have led critics to dub the chameleonic figure a choreographer of human compassion in a play that holds compassion as a vital dramaturgical principle. This essay argues that Edgar's performances of suffering and his choreographies of deception...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2019) 49 (1): 57–84.
Published: 01 January 2019
... of terms that do important work in King Lear : “take on,” “take up,” “bear,” “bear with.” These terms are all complexly associated, in late medieval and early modern discourses, with the incarnation of Christ, and with the ritual taking of Christ’s body in the Eucharist. And they are all associated...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 65–88.
Published: 01 January 2010
..., using the example of Mankind , this essay examines how the actor, seen as engaged in both collaborative and competitive play, can illuminate certain strategies in Shakespeare's work. Examples drawn from Richard III, Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing , and King Lear illustrate how different kinds...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 January 2013
... might talk of an ideology or hegemony of space and place. The essay then specifically studies dramatic examinations of place and space (with close reading of several moments from Hamlet and King Lear ) to delineate the various ways in which spaces are occupied by actors and audience members...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2002) 32 (3): 571–580.
Published: 01 September 2002
... is cast out of the city and wanders as a vagrant, blind and in rags, dependent upon the hand of Antigone, his younger daughter. He requires, as he puts it, “her frailty” as the crutch for his “weight.”7 Antigone will act as his third leg. In King Lear, as in Oedipus Tyrannus, the riddle...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 25–48.
Published: 01 January 2013
... are even more intense in 1.1 of The Trag- edy of King Lear, when Lear commands, “Give me the map there” (1.1.37). Two spatial reference points are established in this commend: me here, the map there. What is thrown into question is the relationship between those two points. Lear sees a one-­to-­one...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 49–70.
Published: 01 January 2013
... more familiar scene at the cliffs of Dover in King Lear, recently explored in Tom Bishop’s article “Shakespeare’s Theater Games” and in Henry Turner’s “King Lear Without: The Heath.”25 When the blind Gloucester is led around the stage, Edgar insists that he is climbing, but Gloucester doubts...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (2): 221–253.
Published: 01 May 2017
... of its writing, and that its significance is further augmented — in fact, renewed — by the marks of its later readers. Pace Shakespeare’s King Lear, to which I will refer again below, poem and marginalia together allow us to venture into and across a wide spectrum of medieval and early modern...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2002) 32 (3): 427–431.
Published: 01 September 2002
... of clothing and the physical object to which they apply, the body. Understanding that the fundamental concern shared between King Lear and Oedipus is the nature of the aging human body, that is, the answer to the Sphinx’s riddle, Stallbyrass points out that Lear ends up doing the opposite of what he had...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 407–413.
Published: 01 September 2022
... exposition of the theological virtues: love. Taking the excoriating assay of love in King Lear, she explores the language of “exchanging” and “enforcing” charity, in particular through her figuration of Poor Tom. The legacy of Erasmus in Shakespeare's work is central to Julia Lupton's exploration...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 497–507.
Published: 01 September 2021
... embodiment, both in what a play gives an actor to do (I am thinking here of the function of the repetitive worsening of the worst in King Lear as a challenge to virtuosity, first pointed out by Michael Goldman), but also what it demanded from and rendered significant about its contemporary technology...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2009) 39 (1): 201–221.
Published: 01 January 2009
.... and ed. The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales. Berkeley: University of California Press, (1977) 2008. xii, 205 pp.; 1 map. Paper $18.95. Gordin, Jacob. The Jewish King Lear: A Comedy in America. Translated from the Yiddish by Ruth Gay. Edited by Ruth Gay and Sophie Glazer. New Haven, Conn...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (1): 187–213.
Published: 01 January 2014
... Ages (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2003), 151 – 61. 10 Shakespeare, King Lear, II.iv.56 – 58: “O! how this mother swells up toward my heart; / Hysterica passio! downe thou climing sorrow! / Thy elements below.” See The Trage- die of King Lear in The Complete Works...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2001) 31 (2): 409–440.
Published: 01 May 2001
.... Paper $13.95. Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. Edited by Michael Hattaway. The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. xiv, 219 pp.; 15 illus. $44.95. Shakespeare, William. King Lear. Edited by Stanley Wells. The Oxford...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 107–130.
Published: 01 January 2012
...  –  66) and “The Avoidance of Love: A Reading of King Lear” ( 2 6 7   –   3 5 6 ) . 34 Rosamund Tuve, Allegorical Imagery: Some Medieval Books and Their Posterity (Prince- ton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1966; repr. 1977), 178  –  79. She continues: “That Guillaume names Envy...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (2): 261–280.
Published: 01 May 2003
... a sense of the weirdness of the theater, its proximity to certain experiences that had been organized and exploited by religious intstitutions and rituals” (253). This represents a rather different perspective than the one devel- oped in Greenblatt’s analysis of Harsnett and King Lear...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2001) 31 (2): 349–378.
Published: 01 May 2001
..., his use of bold, free, or plain speech had established a rhetorical model, one res- olutely opposed to flattery, the court holy water of King Lear and John Ponet.62 In citing the example of Ambrose’s excommunication of Theodo- sius, for instance, Calvin stresses...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (2): 433–450.
Published: 01 May 2016
.... Anthem Perspectives in Literature. London: Anthem Press, 2015. xii, 254 pp. Paper $24.95. Linley, Keith. “King Lear” in Context: The Cultural Background. Anthem Perspectives in Literature. London: Anthem Press, 2015. xii, 294 pp.; 2 figs. Paper $24.95. Linley, Keith. “The Tempest” in Context: Sin...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 435–455.
Published: 01 May 2011
... and Practice. Edinburgh: Edin- burgh University Press, (2008) 2010. vii, 207 pp. Paper $45.00. Blits, Jan H. New Heaven, New Earth: Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.” Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2009. viii, 229 pp. $70.00. Davidson, Adele. Shakespeare in Shorthand: The Textual Mystery of “King Lear...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (1): 147–169.
Published: 01 January 2008
.... Paper $50.00. Rossington, Michael, and Anne Whitehead, eds. Theories of Memory: A Reader. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. xviii, 310 pp.; 4 illus. $65.00, paper $29.95. [Includes section on classical and early modern sources.] Shakespeare, William. King Lear. Edited by Burton...