Shakespeare Our Contemporary: a catchy title. The first time I heard it was in an undergraduate Shakespeare class at the University of Massachusetts, taught by. Notable works, Shakespeare, Our Contemporary. Notable awards, Herder Prize ( ). Jan Kott (October 27, – December 23, ) was a Polish political activist, critic and. For those unfamiliar with the name, Kott (–) was a Polish professor whose book Shakespeare Our Contemporary, published in.
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He died in Santa Monica, Jqn after a heart attack in Anyone who doubts Kott’s continuing relevance should first read his essay on Coriolanus and then go and see Ralph Fiennes’s viscerally exciting new film.
I suspect Kott shakespeafe a bit far when he argues that it is the cinema, not the theatre, that best conveys the “fluency, homogeneity and rapidity of action” of Shakespeare’s plays. The New York Times. Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding Retrieved December 20, He became a communist in the s, and took part in the defense of Warsaw.
The links are powered by Skimlinks. Read in March But isn’t all this old hat? That’s yet another reason why I find Rupert Goold the most exciting Shakespearean director around today. Contact Contact Us Help. Don’t we now accept as a matter of course Kott’s arguments that A Midsummer Night’s Dream is packed with animal eroticism, that Shakespeare’s histories are about grand mechanistic forces, and that Hamlet is a deeply political play about surveillance, fear and corruption that ends with a foreign military invasion?
As Peter Brook wrote in the introduction to the English edition, Kott is the only Elizabethan scholar to assume that his readers “will at some point or other have been woken by the police in the middle of the night. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Retrieved 21 March Order by newest oldest recommendations. He took a similar oktt to his reading of Greek tragedy in The Eating of the Gods. Account Options Sign in. First published in Polish in the ‘s it brought a My library Snakespeare Advanced Book Search. Kott traveled to the United States in on a scholarship from the Ford Foundation.
Born in Warsaw in to a Jewish family, Kott was baptized into the Catholic Church at the age of five. His famous essay, Shakespeare or Endgamedrew provocative parallels between King Lear and Beckett’s compressed masterpiece and suggested that in both cathartic tragedy had been replaced by a sense of the grotesque: Michael Boyd’s RSC “Shakespeare history” cycle in demonstrated impersonal forces at work in its progress from late medieval England to the modern world.
Retrieved 26 December Retrieved 4 December For those unfamiliar with the name, Kott — was a Polish professor whose book Shakespeare Our Contemporarypublished in English inhad a profound impact on theatre. Views Read Edit View history. Shakespeare Our Contemporary by Jan Kott. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. All that is left to him is self-destruction.
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He praised Joseph Stalin, but mostly concentrated on theater. And I’ve seen countless productions of Hamlet, from Richard Eyre’s and Nicholas Hytner ‘s in the UK to Yuri Lyubimov’s Russian version its set dominated by a terrifyingly mobile white curtainbased on eavesdropping and espionage.
Although we live in an age of great Shakespearean scholarship, represented by figures such as James ShapiroJonathan Bate and Stephen GreenblattI can’t think of anyone today who influences production in quite the same way as Kott.
Even in Filter’s madcap shkaespeare of The Dream, currently at London’s Lyric HammersmithTheseus’s reference to conquering Hippolyta with his “sword” acquires a Kottian phallic association. We expect any Shakespeare production to possess the fluidity and speed of a good movie.
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