Shakespeare and the Plague of Productivity

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This chapter on Shakespeare’s King Lear and the covid-19 pandemic explore online discussion around productivity during the first UK lockdown of 2020, and particularly the notion that Shakespeare composed King Lear during the plague of 1604, using this as a basis to think through the implications of neo-liberalism and hyperproductivty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLockdown Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationThe Arts and Humanities in the Year of the Pandemic, 2020-21
EditorsStella Bruzzi, Maurice Biriotti, Sam Caleb, Harvey Wiltshire
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherUCL Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781800083394
ISBN (Print)9781800083424
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2022

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