A Touch Across the Void: Early Modern Variants of the Lear Legend
||29 January 2019
||9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
||Toowoomba - Z469, or via Zoom
||For more information, please contact the Graduate Research School
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Teleologically, studies of William Shakespeare’s 'King Lear' depict the play as the terminal point of a sequence of sources that led to its development. Lear’s story, however, existed in the early modern era in multiple forms, from centuries-old folktales, to historiographies and even another play. Each of these versions of the Lear legend co-existed, highlighting for early modern audiences and readers the consistencies, inconsistencies and elaborations within them. This project seeks to understand the confluence of King Lears within the early modern era and how similarities and discrepancies between each version of the legend could have occured and been understood.