Review of Emily Sun's Succeeding King Lear: Literature, Exposure, and the Possibility of Politics Open Access
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English Romantic reception of King Lear is an important part of Shakespeare's afterlife. This book investigates Anglo-American post-Romanticist readings and appropriations of Lear as a seminal text on the relationship between literature and politics, specifically succession as a philosophical and political issue in British Romanticism and American modernism. The book suggests that King Lear helps William Wordsworth, journalist James Agee, and photographer Walker Evans articulate their anxieties about literary representation and political successions.