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Kott is like a New Historicist avant la lettre He reads William Shakespeare in the context of the political realities of the Cold War Thus, the categories he employs in his study of the plays are drawn not from conventional literary criticism figures of speech, prosody, etc but from history, and particularly political and cultural events of postwar Eastern Europe A great alternative to studies of Shakespeare that focus on the psychology of characters or textual instabilities Kott is like a New Historicist avant la lettre He reads William Shakespeare in the context of the political realities of the Cold War Thus, the categories he employs in his study of the plays are drawn not from conventional literary criticism figures of speech, prosody, etc but from history, and particularly political and cultural events of postwar Eastern Europe A great alternative to studies of Shakespeare that focus on the psychology of characters or textual instabilities For the most part, I enjoyed the book, but because it covered literally every piece of literature that has the name Shakespeare on it, occasionally it was hard to follow as I have not read all the plays written by Shakespeare On the other hand, the chapters that were devoted to the plays I read were quite engaging and full of insightful interpretations The author also attempted to relate to other milestones in drama and to show how the same topics are still valid and interesting, how we ar For the most part, I enjoyed the book, but because it covered literally every piece of literature that has the name Shakespeare on it, occasionally it was hard to follow as I have not read all the plays written by Shakespeare On the other hand, the chapters that were devoted to the plays I read were quite engaging and full of insightful interpretations The author also attempted to relate to other milestones in drama and to show how the same topics are still valid and interesting, how we are still fascinated by similar themes, and why Shakespeare is still our contemporary and not some dated playwright To be honest, some of these connections were pure stretch, or so it seems to be The book is also a refreshing look on Shakespeare s work as it mostly focuses on the political and extra literary context instead of typical literary analysis and deconstruction Of course, this book is slightly dated and a child of its time as it was written during the Cold War, and it does have a stamp of time of it It does capture the zeitgeist, but I am not sure if the author intended it to be so, or this is simply what we do when we create, but despite its Cold War aura, I still find it quite illuminating I honestly think I would have enjoyed the bookif I had beenfamiliar not only with the canonical plays, but with some of his fringe plays On well, it is on me, then ekspir je kao svet, ili kao ivot Svaka epoha nalazi u njemu ono to sama tra i i to sama ho e da vidi Jan Kot, sigurno jedan od najpoznatijih svjetskih ekspirologa, pi e o tome za to ekspirova djela nikad ne zastarjevaju, iako u jednom dijelu ka e da pi e o ekspiru kao savremeniku na ih o eva, ispostavi e se da je ekspir i na i sva iji savremenik, da e njegova djela nad ivjeti testove svih epoha Zanimljivo i obavezno tivo za sve prou avaoce bogatog opusa najve eg pisca svih vremen ekspir je kao svet, ili kao ivot Svaka epoha nalazi u njemu ono to sama tra i i to sama ho e da vidi Jan Kot, sigurno jedan od najpoznatijih svjetskih ekspirologa, pi e o tome za to ekspirova djela nikad ne zastarjevaju, iako u jednom dijelu ka e da pi e o ekspiru kao savremeniku na ih o eva, ispostavi e se da je ekspir i na i sva iji savremenik, da e njegova djela nad ivjeti testove svih epoha Zanimljivo i obavezno tivo za sve prou avaoce bogatog opusa najve eg pisca svih vremena I found this book to be a period piece I m pretty lefty in my politics, but this comes from that Cold War era when everybody, regardless of their historical era, was being re cast as a Marxist Shakespeare Our Economic Determinist or something like that, would have been a good title I found the writing lazy, the argument merely de rigeur for the era, and the literary interpretation disastrous Of course I only read about 35 pages and then dipped in to about 3highly repetitive and drabl I found this book to be a period piece I m pretty lefty in my politics, but this comes from that Cold War era when everybody, regardless of their historical era, was being re cast as a Marxist Shakespeare Our Economic Determinist or something like that, would have been a good title I found the writing lazy, the argument merely de rigeur for the era, and the literary interpretation disastrous Of course I only read about 35 pages and then dipped in to about 3highly repetitive and drably written chapters after that surely it s got qualities I m missing Just finished Jan Kott s SHAKESPEARE OUR CONTEMPORARY, the influential study from 1964 Kott s vision is consistently arresting, but it isn t Shakespeare s For instance, the Erasmian humor of MIDSUMMER, Kott views as brutal, akin to Goya s or Iago s Forcing meanings on the plays, he over privileges the absurd. I had heard of Jan Kott s Shakespeare Our Contemporary since my theatre school days at CalArts 1977 1979 , but never read his work Several months ago I was able to read Kott s Eating of the Gods which was his take on Greek theatre and that was one of the best and most personal interpretations of theatre I have ever been privileged to read Shakespeare Our Contemporary is a terrific resource Kott s writing has influenced Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz and therefore all Shakespeare si I had heard of Jan Kott s Shakespeare Our Contemporary since my theatre school days at CalArts 1977 1979 , but never read his work Several months ago I was able to read Kott s Eating of the Gods which was his take on Greek theatre and that was one of the best and most personal interpretations of theatre I have ever been privileged to read Shakespeare Our Contemporary is a terrific resource Kott s writing has influenced Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz and therefore all Shakespeare since the 1960s It is a great and useful scholar who can give an intimate overview of the 60 plays written by William Shakespeare Kott s interpretation is personal and powerful In one of his best insights, he points out that Hamlet is always performed in a manner to fit the time of the production Reason The play is 6 hours long in its entirety, and therefore must be edited significantly to fit onto the stage Each production chooses to include the parts considered to be of greatest importance for the production, which choices make the play fit the current circumstances of the audience Hence Hamlet is always about current times Who but Kott would have seen this so clearly I highly recommend this volume as essential to anyone who loves the theatre .Epub ♋ Shakespeare Our Contemporary ⚖ 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 Readers all over the world Shakespeare Our Contemporary has been translated into nineteen languages since it appeared inhave similarly found their responses to Shakespeare broadened and enriched Mary McCarthy called the work the best, the most alive, radical book about Shakespeare in at least a generation Dzie o ponadczasowe, b yskotliwe interpretacje, styl mi sisty i przykuwaj cy Genialne Ta ksi ka wyznaczy tras wszystkich moich kolejnych spotka z Szekspirem i szekspirologami. Though at this point, the book itself is no longer contemporary, some of the essays contain interesting points Others however travel so far afield of the original topic that I lost interest and went to the next one. A plodding, uninteresting close reading of Shakespeare where the author never really offers a point.Made it 10%.