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Succeeding King Lear: Literature, Exposure, and the Possibility of Politics

Emily Sun


This book investigates Shakespeare's King Lear and its originative power in modern literature with specific attention to the early work of English Romantic poet William Wordsworth and to the American writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans. It examines how these later readers return to the play to interrogate emphatically the question of the relations between literature and politics in modernity and to initiate in this way their own creative trajectories. King Lear opens up a literary genealogy or history of successors, at the heart and origin of which, the author claims, is a crisis o ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, King Lear, William Wordsworth, James Agee, Walker Evans, literature, politics, sovereignty, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823232802
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823232802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Sun, author