King Lear | Critical Essay by James L. Calderwood

This literature criticism consists of approximately 30 pages of analysis & critique of King Lear.
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Critical Essay by James L. Calderwood

SOURCE: Calderwood, James L. “Creative Uncreation in King Lear.Shakespeare Quarterly 37, no. 1 (spring 1986): 5-19.

In the following essay, Calderwood remarks on the principal of “uncreation”—the movement from order to chaos—in King Lear.

Throughout his career, from the saintly Henry VI sitting on his molehill during the battle of Towton to Prospero breaking his staff and drowning his book, Shakespeare was apparently fascinated with the concept of abdication and truancy. Prince Hal plays truant from his royal studies, Hamlet from his revengeful duties, and Antony from his Roman wars. The academicians in Love's Labor's Lost retreat from the world and women, King John tells the Bastard Faulconbridge “Have thou the ordering of this present time,” Richard II deposes himself with histrionic relish, Duke...

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