Throughout the history of theater, few plays have been as compelling, as fascinating, and as multifaceted as King Lear. While stricter interpretations of King Lear on stage and screen have been commonplace, less traditional variations have also made their mark. I will seek to examine how two directors, Akira Kurosawa and Jean-Luc Godard have reconciled the Lear story with the Western world as it stood in the mid-1980s and its sense of impending doom and chaos. Furthermore, I will more specifically explore how these themes are viewed through the lens of the Cordelia character in these two films.
Andrew Fowler, ’08 Ames, IA
Majors: Environmental Studies, English
Sponsor: Kirilka Stavreva