THE POSITIVE MESSAGE OF NEW AMERICAN ART AND LITERATURE

Monday, June 9, 2008

The Class Dynamic

If I've overstressed this one aspect of American literary life, it's because all other lit commentators ignore it, and because class since the 1980's, as opposed to the levelling period of the 40's, 50's, and 60's, has become such a dominating factor in American society.

Class has been around since Day One of English literary language; from the days of Shakespeare himself, who was scornfully referred to as "an upstart crow" with his "tiger's heart wrapped in a player's hide" by his more educated literary betters.

I'll be examining this upstart's "King Lear," discussing the play's un-aristocratic crudeness, its humanity and soul, which point to its authorship against the never-ending flow of books intent on denying credit to "Shakspere" the man, the actor, the upstart, to give it to some foppish Oswaldian noble instead.

1 comment:

K.I.N.G. Wenclas said...

SYNCHRONICITY IN THE UNIVERSE DEPT.:
Funny how the name of a villain in "Lear" appears again centuries later in 1963 attached to another villain.