E possibile accostarsi a Shakespeare come a un contemporaneo senza falsare quei valori storici dai quali tuttavia non pu prescindere la lettura di un testo poetico Non solo possibile, risponde Jan Kott, ma questo l unico modo di comprendere il grande drammaturgo elisabettiano L originalit dell interpretazione passa attraverso questa intuizione di fondo l uomo, stE possibile accostarsi a Shakespeare come a un contemporaneo senza falsare quei valori storici dai quali tuttavia non pu prescindere la lettura di un testo poetico Non solo possibile, risponde Jan Kott, ma questo l unico modo di comprendere il grande drammaturgo elisabettiano L originalit dell interpretazione passa attraverso questa intuizione di fondo l uomo, stritolato nell ingranaggio della storia, ritrova la propria dimensione umana, la dimensione dell intelligenza, interrogandosi sul senso della vita e del proprio destino.
Shakespeare nostro contemporaneo E possibile accostarsi a Shakespeare come a un contemporaneo senza falsare quei valori storici dai quali tuttavia non pu prescindere la lettura di un testo poetico Non solo possibile risponde Jan Kot
Just finished Jan Kott s SHAKESPEARE OUR CONTEMPORARY, the influential study from 1964 Kott s vision is consistently arresting, but it isn t Shakespeare s For instance, the Erasmian humor of MIDSUMMER, Kott views as brutal, akin to Goya s or Iago s Forcing meanings on the plays, he over privileges the absurd.
Written in the 60s by a Polish Professor whose been woken up at 4 am one too many times by the police, Shakespeare our contemporary suggests that Shakespeare is not as mythical or as distant as most academics would have him Kott s engaging style helps his argument than his argument does, although he does make some good points in favour of Shakespeare s humanity He can also get very side tracked There is another kind of historical tragedy, originating in the conviction that history has no meanin [...]
I had heard of Jan Kott s Shakespeare Our Contemporary since my theatre school days at CalArts 1977 1979 , but never read his work Several months ago I was able to read Kott s Eating of the Gods which was his take on Greek theatre and that was one of the best and most personal interpretations of theatre I have ever been privileged to read Shakespeare Our Contemporary is a terrific resource Kott s writing has influenced Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz and therefore all Shakespeare since the 1960 [...]
This is really good criticism Granted, I don t read a lot of Shakespeare criticism, but when I do a play from now on, I ll be going back to this well thought out book Kott suggests that most all of Shakespeare s plays boil down to the march of history and the succession of power As usurpers kill to take the thrown, upset the order of the kingdom and are ultimately brought down by another usurper, who, at the time, is saving the kingdom from an unjust king, but in order to climb the stairs of pow [...]
I found this book to be a period piece I m pretty lefty in my politics, but this comes from that Cold War era when everybody, regardless of their historical era, was being re cast as a Marxist Shakespeare Our Economic Determinist or something like that, would have been a good title I found the writing lazy, the argument merely de rigeur for the era, and the literary interpretation disastrous Of course I only read about 35 pages and then dipped in to about 3 highly repetitive and drably written [...]
Kott is like a New Historicist avant la lettre He reads William Shakespeare in the context of the political realities of the Cold War Thus, the categories he employs in his study of the plays are drawn not from conventional literary criticism figures of speech, prosody, etc but from history, and particularly political and cultural events of postwar Eastern Europe A great alternative to studies of Shakespeare that focus on the psychology of characters or textual instabilities.
Remains essential reading if you want to think seriously about the theatre I m always sort of surprised there are any complaints about Kott, for this re invented shakespeare and in some ways modern theatre Perhaps only ted hughes book on WS and some of Berryman come close Bloom is the kitsch version of serious thought on WS Also a model of how to explain the intersect of politics, history, and art.
Letto e riletto Certo che con l andare del tempo, dopo aver scoperto il saggio di Bloom, alcune delle tesi di Kott sembrano essere piuttosto arbitrarie Ovviamente parlando pur sempre con grande stima e rispetto per il critico polacco Immagino sia una questione di et Maturando si passa da Kott a Bloom per chiss tornare a Kott.Sicuramente la sua analisi del Sogno di una notte di mezza estate non incontra il mio assenso.Comunque pur sempre un faro.
Yeah, I know this is supposed to be such an influential book in the area of Shakespeare study and production influenced Peter Brook s famous white box production of Midsummer Night s Dream and other productions, but I really didn t think it was all that But then again, what do I really know I guess I should read it again, but somehow I can t make myself do that.
This is a short, excellent compendium of criticism of all Shakespeare s plays Without the literary references and complex insights of Harold Bloom the best , it explains in simple language the author s take on Shakespeare s plays.
Dzie o ponadczasowe, b yskotliwe interpretacje, styl mi sisty i przykuwaj cy Genialne Ta ksi ka wyznaczy tras wszystkich moich kolejnych spotka z Szekspirem i szekspirologami.
excellent although I read it in the seventies, I wonder how contemporary it would be now
I read pieces of this in Grad School, but I feel like I should probably read the whole thing Soon ish.
Beautifully written, insightful, provocative.
I continue to go to this book whenever I pick up Shakespeare Plays by chapter Not comprehensive of Shakespeare s works, but each chapter is a jewel.
kott s classic essays on shakespeare s classic plays a match made in literary heaven i think maybe so.