Bangs and Whimpers: The Two Texts of /King Lear/

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In this seminar, participants will look at the two different existing texts of /King Lear/ (the Quarto and the Folio), trying to see what makes each of them unique.  The idea will not be to decide which one of them is “better,” but rather to see what Shakespeare may have been doing in revising the one version into the other (if that is what he did).  One of the assumptions of the seminar will be that comparison between the two texts can be used to enliven classroom discussion of the play, and that students can get involved in these kinds of textual issues.

Seminar led by Richard Strier, University of Chicago

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