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, California xontemporary a heart attack in User Review – Flag as inappropriate honestly it talks about Shakespeare what more can you ask.

Michael Kustow’s obituary shakespeae the Guardian. Only after the Stalin era came to an end, did he become its ardent critic March What’s with that Academy? Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

He became a communist in the s, and took part in the defense of Warsaw. Kott traveled to the United States in on a scholarship from the Ford Foundation. Account Options Sign in.

He took a similar approach to his reading of Greek tragedy in The Eating of the Gods. Views Read Edit View history. References to this book Historicism Paul Hamilton No preview available – Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding He praised Joseph Stalin, but mostly concentrated on theater. Retrieved December 20, Born in Warsaw in to a Jewish family, Kott was baptized into the Catholic Church at the age of five.

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Reading it again today, I am stunned by how much of it has been absorbed into our theatrical culture. A poet, translator, and literary critic, he became one of the more prolific essayists of the Polish school in America.


He renounced his membership of the kptt party in This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. His famous essay, Shakespeare or Endgamedrew provocative parallels between King Lear and Beckett’s compressed masterpiece contempodary suggested that in both cathartic tragedy had been replaced by a sense of the grotesque: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This autobiographical accent became a hallmark of his criticism. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that Skimlinks cookies will be set. Partly, that stemmed from Kott’s experience of living in a Poland that was either under Nazi occupation or Soviet domination. This article contains affiliate links, contemporrary means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.

He defected to the United States in Mary McCarthy called the work “the best, the most alive, radical book about Shakespeare in at least a generation. That’s yet another reason why I find Rupert Goold the most exciting Shakespearean director around today. If we still see Shakespeare as our contemporary, we have a largely forgotten Polish theatrical scholar to thank for it. But I would put the argument the other way around: Jan Kott, Shakespeare Our Contemporary.

Reportedly, Peter Brook ‘s film King Lear and Roman Polanski ‘s Macbeth both made in were influenced by Kott’s view of Shakespearean high tragedy in relation to the 20th-century “nightmare of history”. Order by newest oldest recommendations. 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.


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Retrieved 4 December 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. But isn’t all this old hat? First published in Polish in the ‘s it brought a Eccentric Spaces Robert Harbison Limited preview – Selected pages Title Page.

Michael Kustow’s obituary for the Guardian This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a sha,espeare commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.

The New York Times. My library Help Advanced Book Search. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Loading comments… Trouble loading? 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.

Retrieved from ” https: Jan Kott October 27, — December 23, was a Polish political activist, critic and theoretician of the theatre.

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Contact Contact Us Help. Historicism Paul Hamilton No preview available – Read in March All that is left to him is self-destruction. I suspect Kott goes 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.