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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In SeptemberKott fought in the Polish army in its futile campaign against the German invasion and then, after a period in Lvov, returned to Nazi-occupied Warsaw. For those unfamiliar with the name, Kott — was a Polish professor whose book Shakespeare Our Contemporarypublished in English inhad a profound impact on theatre. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Account Options Sign in.

References to this book Historicism Paul Hamilton No preview available – Jan Kott October 27, — December 23, was a Polish political activist, critic and theoretician of the theatre.

Contact Contact Us Help. As a result, he was stripped of his professorship at Warsaw University. Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding in his analogies between Shakespearean situations and those in modern life and drama the seeds of vital new stage-conceptions. This autobiographical accent became a hallmark of his criticism.

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The links are powered by Skimlinks. He defected to the United States in Eccentric Spaces Robert Harbison Limited preview – Partly, that stemmed from Kott’s experience of living in a Poland that was either under Nazi occupation or Soviet domination. He took a similar approach to his reading of Greek tragedy in The Eating of the Gods.

Even in Filter’s madcap version of The Dream, currently at London’s Lyric HammersmithTheseus’s reference to conquering Hippolyta with his “sword” acquires a Kottian phallic association. His famous essay, Shakespeare uan Endgamedrew provocative parallels between King Lear and Beckett’s compressed masterpiece and suggested that in both cathartic tragedy or been replaced by a sense of the grotesque: This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

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His celebrated Macbeth, with Patrick Stewart in the leadwas not only stuffed with filmic references but possessed the edge-of-the-seat-quality we associate with a jzn horror movie. The first time I heard it was in an undergraduate Shakespeare class at the University of Massachusetts, taught by the distinguished scholar of nineteenth century British theatre, Joseph W. Retrieved December 20, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

In his influential volume Shakespeare, Our Contemporaryhe interpreted the plays in the light of philosophical and existential experiences of the 20th century, augmented with his own life’s story. 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.


Forged from a partnership between a university press and a cotnemporary, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. I suspect Kott goes a bit far when he argues that it kottt the cinema, not the theatre, that best conveys the “fluency, homogeneity and rapidity of action” of Shakespeare’s plays. We expect any Shakespeare production to possess the fluidity and speed of a good movie. Michael Kustow’s obituary for the Guardian.

As a theatrical reviewer, Kott received praise for his readings of the classics, and above all of Shakespeare. Worthen Shakespeare Our Contemporary: Born in Warsaw in to a Jewish family, Kott was baptized into the Catholic Church at the age of five. This book is one of the most important ever written about Shakespeare. 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.

That’s yet another reason why I find Rupert Goold the most exciting Shakespearean director around today. But isn’t all this old hat? A leading proponent of Stalinism in Poland for nearly a decade after the Soviet takeover, Kott renounced his Communist Party membership in following the anti-Stalinist Polish October of What’s with that Academy?

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