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Talking Shakespeare

Notes from a Journey


Louis Fantasia

Talking Shakespeare is a collection of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and politics and their impact in the world today. Originally given as provocative talks on Shakespeare at some of the most prestigious universities, conferences, and theatres around the world, they reflect on the author’s more than thirty-year career as a producer, director and educator. The essays provide a unique and personal look into multiple aspects of Shakespeare’s world—and ours.


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Chapter 7. King Lear, or Tragedy in the Age of Oprah


· 7 · KING LEAR, OR TRAGEDY IN THE AGE OF OPRAH (Originally given as the Grace Ford Salvatori Lecture, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 2009) The great tragedies threaten me. They keep me up at night, thinking about their themes and...

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