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Shakespeare - Hamlet : Reader's Guides to Essential Criticism - Huw Griffiths

Shakespeare - Hamlet

Reader's Guides to Essential Criticism

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9781403940063
Number Of Pages: 178

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Hamlet is one of the best known works of English literature throughout the world, and its central character one of Shakespeare's most recognisable and enduring creations. Hamlet's first critics in the seventeenth century were, however, concerned with the play's apparent lack of decorum, whilst the Romantics revelled in the melancholy prince's isolation. Caught between a dead father and a remarried mother, Hamlet inevitably provided scope for Freud and the psychoanalytic writers of the twentieth century. The play has retained its fascination for more recent critics and every new interpretation provides fuel for further study.

In this Guide, Huw Griffiths traces the history of the play's criticism from the 1660s through to the present day. Readers are provided with substantial excerpts from all the key critical readings - including accounts of the interaction between film versions and critical interpretations. Griffiths places each reading of the play within its own historical context and within the history of literary criticism, offering both students and teachers an approachable introduction to the critical fortunes of this most influential text.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Neoclassical Approaches, or 'Does Ophelia's breath smell?'
Sensibility to Romanticism: 'the majesty of melancholy'
Psychoanalytic Approaches: Oedipus and After
The Early Twentieth Century: Bradley, Eliot, Knight and Knights
Some Contemporary Interpretations
Recent French Philosophy and Hamlet: Derrida and Levinas
Select Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9781403940063
ISBN-10: 1403940061
Series: Reader's Guides to Essential Criticism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1