The title is not mine, but Stanley Cavell’s, and reads, in full: “The Avoidance of Love: A Reading of King Lear.” What could it possibly mean to. This paper brings Cavell’s analysis of the “avoidance of love” in Shakespeare’s King Lear into dialogue with Eric Voegelin’s notion of “the drama. Cavell the Avoidance of Love – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or view presentation slides online.

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Thousands of them converge on the high citadel of their ruler and joyously prostrate themselves when the king appears on the ramparts.

In his attempt to achieve it, he has deprived the characters not just of feelings, but of avoidanec moral sentiment. Human beings do not just naturally not love, they learn not to.

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With the prequel at hand, avoidajce openings of King Lear might lose the stereotypical figures of the choleric old father and the pretending evil elder daughters as opposed to the good-hearted least one. Lear is senile; Lear is puerile; Lear is not to be understood in natural avoidsnce, for the whole scene has a fairy tale or ritualistic character.

Menu Search Donate Shop Join. Cavell, however, proposes a different interpretation based on a deeply psychological and language-philosophical approach:. What he ended up with is a Beckettian void of feeling. While we have you Create a free website or blog at WordPress.


On the contrary, they seem to me to interpret one another.

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This avoidancd not to say that the avoidance of love is particular to family matters. Or does Lear deserve his fate, having sealed himself off from the possibility of transparency, i.

With this method of expression, the figure of Lear is hidden, his person avoided, and his authenticity and diversity is veiled. His was a Marxist, existential reading of the play.

Is the Lear universe any safer than, say, ours? And if Lear refuses to see his daughters precisely for this reason i. It is enough for our purposes to note that the feeling of shame is largely arbitrary, associated with things like glares i.

It is too far acvell plain love of father and daughter. I think of it as an experience of continuous presentness. Yet this Lear is nonetheless accustomed to absolute command. Though Lear hardly expects any more than such obligation might grant him in return, he gets much less than this from Goneril and Regan, and much more from Cordelia—both scenarios are unacceptable.

A close reading of the poetry of his madness only begins to give some sense of the man.

Kozintsev chose for his Lear an actor of slight stature, whose most striking characteristic, pace Sellars, is his seeming vulnerability. The resemblance is clear. She threatens to expose both his plan for returning false love with no love, and expose the necessity for that plan — his terror of being loved, of needing love. Contents – Previous document – Next document.


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Arden Shakespeare, Thomson, London: It is as if Brook expected the audience to know the play as well as avoidanfe did and supply the missing pieces themselves. However, the gradual appearance and augmentation of psychoanalytical and feminist readings undermined this cautious approach avoiding interpretations of King Lear based on the possibilities of incest, 6 sex and live. Another challenge for filmmakers is the radical abridgement of the play without which it could not be transposed into the visual language of film.

We must accept Cordelia as transgressor, but we cannot accept Lear cavelo transgressor because by committing to his transgression, suddenly, we have no where to cast blame, in the form, say, of criminal responsibility. She necessarily has to die in the prequel as well.

This would mean that the Cordelias are punished, not the Lears, which is exactly what happens anyhow. But then, we are simply shifting the blame, looking to place it somewhere else and then, in order to spare Lear and sacrifice Cordelia. Cavell makes the following comment about performing King Lear:.

A cast of thousands teems in vast, desolate spaces; threatening skies substitute for words. Cavell also has his doubts concerning this scene of utmost intensity:.