King Lear: Language and Writing

By Jean Howard

King Lear: Language and Writing reveals how the play'selemental power springs from its language, which is at once simple, relentless and resonant, as well as from its full-blown double plot that multiplies unbearably both the follies and the pain of its protagonists. Chapters explore the play's status as a tragedy, its stagecraft, primary source material and both its textual and theatre history. The 'Writing Matters' section at the end of each chapter provides suggestions for activities that can further enhance your understanding of the play. This is an indispensable guide to Shakespeare's rich and complex dramatic language and will improve and develop your critical writing skills.

Read a Columbia News interview with Professor Howard about King Lear: Language and Writing.