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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Jan Kott October 27, — December 23, was a Polish political activist, critic and theoretician of the theatre. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. A poet, translator, and literary critic, he became one of the more prolific essayists of the Polish school in America. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

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We expect any Shakespeare production to possess the fluidity and speed of a good movie. All that is left to him is self-destruction. Clntemporary pages Title Page. Shakespeare remains our contemporary in extraordinarily vivid ways.

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.

This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat The links are powered xhakespeare Skimlinks. Retrieved 21 March My library Help Advanced Book Search. He became shxkespeare communist in the s, and took part in the defense of Warsaw. References to this book Historicism Paul Hamilton No preview available – Show 25 25 50 All. By clicking on an affiliate conhemporary, you accept that Skimlinks cookies will be set.

He died fontemporary Santa Monica, California after a heart attack in But I would put the argument the other way around: Historian Teresa Wilniewczyc noted, that his zeal for totalitarian control over the world of Polish culture was “far more than was required”.


Shakespeare Our Contemporary by Jan Kott. For those unfamiliar with the name, Kott — was a Polish professor whose book Shakespeare Our Contemporarypublished in English inhad a profound impact on theatre.

Read in March But it’s interesting how these points still, subconsciously or not, affect productions. Retrieved from ” https: But isn’t all this old hat?

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He took a similar approach to his reading of Greek tragedy in Contempofary Eating of the Gods. This autobiographical accent became a hallmark of his criticism. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Anyone who doubts Kott’s continuing relevance should first read his essay on Coriolanus and then go and see Ralph Fiennes’s viscerally exciting new film. His famous essay, Shakespeare or Endgamedrew provocative parallels between King Lear and Beckett’s compressed masterpiece and suggested that in both cathartic tragedy had been replaced by a sense of the grotesque: As a result, he was stripped of his professorship at Warsaw University.

Eccentric Spaces Robert Harbison Limited preview – Retrieved 4 December By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Reading it again today, I am stunned by xontemporary much of it has been absorbed into our theatrical culture.

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Shakespdare website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. 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. He renounced his membership of the communist party in 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.


In SeptemberKott fought in the Polish army in its futile campaign against the German invasion and then, after a period in Lvov, returned to Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Only after the Stalin era came to an end, did he become its ardent critic March Retrieved 26 December This book is one contemporarh the most important ever written about Shakespeare.

Born in Warsaw in to a Jewish family, Kott was baptized into the Catholic Church at the age of five. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. User Review – Flag as inappropriate honestly it talks about Shakespeare what more can you ask. This book is a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare; more than that, however, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions.

As kan theatrical reviewer, Kott received praise for his readings of the classics, and above all of Shakespeare.

Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved December 20, The New York Times. A leading proponent of Stalinism in Poland for nearly a decade after the Soviet takeover, Kott renounced his Communist Party membership in following the anti-Stalinist Polish October of What’s with that Academy?

He defected to the United States in Loading comments… Trouble loading?