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The Tragic Genre from Classical to Contemporary: King Lear and A Thousand Acres, by Diana Otto

Guide Entry to 01.04.06:

This unit is an introduction to classical, Shakespearean, and modern tragedy. Students will read and contrast Shakespeare’s King Lear and Jane Smiley’s modern retelling in A Thousand Acres. Student activities include critical reading, characterization, and a formal comparison/contrast paper of the two works.

(Recommended for English, grades 11-12.)

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