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Disowning Knowledge in King Lear Jacobean Shakespeare: King Lear , Lecture 4
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Stanley Cavell, American Philosopher Disowning Knowledge: In Six Plays of Shakespeare (1987) First essay in series: “The Avoidance of Love: A Reading of King Lear,” 1969 Lear and other characters fear exposure to reality (love) more than anything. “The isolation and avoidance of eyes is what the obsessive sight imagery of the play underlines.”
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Cavell, “The avoidance of Love” “My hypothesis will be that Lear’s behavior [in the opening scene] can be explained by … the attempt to avoid recognition, the shame of exposure, the threat of self- revelation.” Cordelia also avoids this with her “directness” Edgar also avoids this in his inability to recognize his father.
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Gloucester comes to “Poor Tom’s” Hovel
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P. 145-47, 3.4.172ff: GLoucester to Kent disguised (Dramatic irony) Storm Still GLOUCESTER: Ah, that good Kent! He said it would be thus, poor banished man. Thou sayest the King grows mad: I’ll tell thee, friend, I am almost mad myself. I had a son, Now outlawed from my blood. He sought my life But lately, very late. I loved him, friend, No father his son dearer. True to tell thee,
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P. 147, 3.4.180ff: Gloucester to EDGAR disguised (Severe Dramatic irony) GLOUCESTER: No father his son dearer. True to tell thee, The grief hath crazed my wits. What a night’s this! I do beseech your Grace – LEAR: I cry you mercy, sir. [to Edgar] Noble Philosopher, your company. EDGAR: Tom’s a-cold.
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P. 149, 3.5.6ff: The Categories of Villainy: Motive hunting in Cornwall and Edmund DUKE OF CORNWALL: I now perceive, it was not altogether your brother's evil disposition made him seek his death; but a provoking merit, set awork by a reprovable badness in himself . EDMUND: How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be just ! This is the letter he spoke of, which approves him an intelligent party to the advantages of France. O heavens! that this treason were
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P. 149, 3.5.6ff: The Categories of Villainy: Motive hunting in Cornwall and Edmund EDMUND: If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty business in hand. DUKE OF CORNWALL: True or false , it hath made thee Earl of Gloucester . Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehension. EDMUND [ aside ]: If I find him comforting the king, it will stuff his suspicion more fully.- I will persevere in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore between that and my blood.
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Pp. 159, 3.7.6ff: “Seek out the Traitor Gloucester” CORNWALL: … - Seek out the traitor Gloucester.[Exeunt some of the SERVANTS.] REGAN: Hang him instantly. GONERIL:
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ENGLISH 350:323 taught by Professor Fulton during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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