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King Lear in context : the cultural background / Keith Linley.

  • Author

    Linley, Keith

  • Date published


  • Publisher

    New York : Anthem Press, 2015.

  • Subject

    Lear, |c King of England (Legendary character) In literature.

    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Lear. Criticism, Textual.

    Kings and rulers in literature

Contents: The historical context: an overview -- The Elizabethan world order: from divinity to dust -- Sin, death and the prince of darkness -- The seven cardinal virtues -- Kingship -- Patriarchy, family authority and gender relationships -- Man in his place -- Images of disorder: the religious context -- The contemporary political context -- The literary context -- The context of tragedy -- The family context -- Sins, transgressions, subversions and reversals.