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Working Title: Complexities of Character: Edmund’s Inner Struggles
Annotated Bibliography (Scholarly and Media Sources)
Cole, Elizabeth. “Pretenders to Birthright, Heirs to Virtue: The Legitimacy of the Tudors and Shakespeare’s Characters.” Brigham Young University BYU Scholars Archive. Web. http:// scholarsarchive. byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1099&context=studentpub
Cole examines the Elizabethan Era stigmas surrounding illegitimate births and how this plays into Shakespearean plays. This is perfect for a study of Edmund and his possible motivations.
Lindhé, Anna. “Sisterhood, Shame, and Redemption in Cat’s Eye and King Lear.” Margaret Atwood Studies 7 (2013): 11-24. Web. http://www.academia.edu/10550217/Sisterhood_Shame_ and_Redemption_in_Cats_Eye_and_King_Lear._Margaret_Atwood_Studies_7
Lindhé compares characters and themes of King Lear and Margaret Atwoods’s novel Cat’s Eye. I plan on using her discussion of the qualities of redemption found in King Lear. Even though she does not address Edmund specifically, she does talk about the humanist, Christian, an nihilist viewpoints present in the play.
Lindsay, Robert. Edmund. 1983, photograph, Robert Lindsay.net. Web. http://www.robert lindsay.net/gallery/as-edmund-in-king-lear
Robert Lindsay’s portrayal of Edmund in the 1983 film version of King Lear showcases a contemplative Edmund. I chose to include this image in my research because the conflict and internal debate Edmund has with himself is evident in this photo.
Matthews, Richard. “Edmund's Redemption in King Lear.” Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 1, 1975, pp. 25–29. Web. www.jstor.org/stable/2869263.
Matthews examines how critics have responded to Edmund’s ‘conversion’ in this analysis. This will greatly influence my paper because he directly addresses my topic; furthermore, he pulls in several other critics opinions.
Seiden, Melvin. “The Fool And Edmund: Kin And Kind.” Studies in English Literature (Rice) 19.2 (1979): 197-214. Humanities Source. Web. https://www.jstor.org/stable/450204?seq= 1#page_scan_tab_contents
This essay compares the characters of The Fool and Edmund from King Lear. Oddly enough, Seiden argues that they share a similar belief system. Thus, I analyze Edmund’s ability to be redeemed and whether he follows his own (however twisted) code of humanist ethics.
Topper, Anthony. Shakespeare in the Park:Edmund. 2006, photograph, Gamut Theatre Group. Web. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ice5nake/171671873