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William Shakespeare's Hamlet : A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook - Sean McEvoy

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

By: Sean McEvoy (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th March 2006
ISBN: 9780415314336
Number Of Pages: 200

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William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" (c.1600-1601) has achieved iconic status as one of the most exciting and enigmatic of plays. It has been in almost constant production in Britain and throughout the world since it was first performed, fascinating generations of audiences and critics alike. Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Shakespeare's notoriously problematic play offers: *extensive introductory comment on the contexts, critical history and performance of the text, from publication to the present *annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews, critical works and the text itself *cross-references between documents and sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism *suggestions for further reading. Part of the "Routledge Guides to Literature" series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of "Hamlet" and seeking not only a guide to the play, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Shakespeare's text.

Annotation and Footnotesp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Contextual Overviewp. 7
Revenge and Tyrannicidep. 7
The Theatre and Politicsp. 11
Marriagep. 13
Madness and Melancholyp. 14
Chronologyp. 17
Contemporary Documentsp. 20
A summary of the story of 'Amleth' in Saxo Grammaticus' Historicae Danicae (1514)p. 20
A Homily Against Disobedience and Wilful Rebellion (1574)p. 21
Desiderius Erasmus, The Education of a Christian Prince (1516)p. 23
Francis Bacon, The Essays: 'Of Revenge' (1625)p. 25
Critical Historyp. 29
Pre-Romantic Criticism: Can We Admire the Prince?p. 29
Romantic Criticism: Why We Should Identify With the Princep. 31
Modernist Criticism: Below the Surfacep. 32
Late Twentieth-Century Criticism (1): Psychoanalysisp. 34
Late Twentieth-Century Criticism (2): History and Politicsp. 36
Early Critical Receptionp. 41
James Drake, The Ancient and Modern Stages Surveyed (1699)p. 41
Anthony Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, Soliloquy, or Advice to an Author (1710)p. 42
Samuel Johnson, Notes to the Edition of Shakespeare's Plays (1765)p. 43
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 'Bristol Lecture' (1813)p. 44
William Hazlitt, Characters of Shakespeare's Plays (1817)p. 46
Modern Criticismp. 48
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (1900)p. 48
A. C. Bradley, Shakespearean Tragedy (1904)p. 49
T. S. Eliot, 'Hamlet' in Selected Essays (1919)p. 53
John Dover Wilson, What Happens in 'Hamlet' (1935)p. 55
Terence Hawkes, 'Telmah' (1986)p. 56
Valerie Traub, 'Desire and Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama' (1992, essay originally published 1988)p. 62
Graham Holderness, 'Are Shakespeare's tragic heroes "fatally flawed"? Discuss' (1989)p. 65
Carol Thomas Neely, '"Documents in Madness": Reading Madness and Gender in Shakespeare's Tragedies and Early Modern Culture' (1991)p. 66
Alan Sinfield, Faultlines: Cultural Materialism and the Politics of Dissident Reading (1992)p. 70
Philip Armstrong, 'Watching Hamlet Watching: Lacan, Shakespeare and the Mirror/Stage' (1996)p. 75
Lisa Jardine, Reading Shakespeare Historically (1996)p. 78
John Kerrigan, Revenge Tragedy (1996)p. 81
Kiernan Ryan, Shakespeare (2002)p. 85
Stephen Greenblatt, Hamlet in Purgatory (2002)p. 87
The Work in Performancep. 91
Hamlet On Stagep. 91
Edwin Booth (1860-91): Robert Hapgood, Shakespeare in Production: 'Hamlet' (1999)p. 95
David Warner (1965): Ronald Bryden (1967) on Peter Hall's production of Hamletp. 98
Samuel West (2001): Steven Pimlott, interviewed by the sourcebook editorp. 100
Hamlet On Filmp. 101
Directed by Laurence Olivier (1948): Anthony B. Dawson, Shakespeare in Performance: 'Hamlet' (1995)p. 103
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli (1990): Neil Taylor, 'The Films of Hamlet' (1994)p. 105
Directed by Kenneth Branagh (1997): Julie Sanders, 'The End of History and the Last Man' (2000)p. 107
Key Passages
Introductionp. 113
The Texts of Hamletp. 113
Plot Summaryp. 115
A Note on the Passagesp. 119
Key Passagesp. 120
Act 1, Scene 1, lines 1-22: sentry duty at Elsinorep. 120
Act 1, Scene 1, lines 61-119: news of Fortinbrasp. 121
Act 1, Scene 2, lines 64-86: Claudius and Hamlet's first exchangep. 124
Act 1, Scene 2, lines 129-59: first soliloquy - Hamlet's private griefp. 126
Act 1, Scene 5, lines 9-112: the Ghost speaks to Hamletp. 128
Act 2, Scene 2, lines 544-601: second soliloquy - Hamlet's response to the Player's speechp. 132
Act 3, Scene 1, lines 56-88: Hamlet's third soliloquyp. 136
Act 3, Scene 2, lines 181-264: the performance of The Murder of Gonzagop. 139
Act 3, Scene 3, lines 36-98: Claudius prays; Hamlet's opportunity to strikep. 143
Act 3, Scene 4, lines 53-160: the central part of the 'close' scene - Hamlet and Gertrude alone togetherp. 146
Act 4, Scene 5, lines 16-168: Ophelia's madness and Laertes's rebellionp. 151
Act 5, Scene 1, lines 1-118: the gravediggersp. 157
Act 5, Scene 2, lines 213-408: the final duel; the deaths of Gertrude, Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet and the entry of Fortinbrasp. 162
Further Reading
Collections of Essaysp. 173
Critical Interpretationsp. 173
Stage and Film Historyp. 175
Online Resourcesp. 176
Selected Videos and DVDsp. 177
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780415314336
ISBN-10: 041531433X
Series: Routledge Guides to Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 20th March 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1