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Paul Cantor presents a clearly structured introduction to Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. After examining Hamlet's status as tragic hero and central enigma of delayed revenge in light of the play's Renaissance context, Cantor discusses its dramatic and poetic techniques. He considers the uniquely varied reception of the play on the stage and in literature from the seventeenth century to the present day.Read more
- New edition of a widely used and helpful guide to one of the greatest works of world literature - including a fully updated guide to further reading
- This introduction examines the significant after-life of Hamlet
- Written by an expert in the field who has taught this text for many years
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: June 2004
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521549370
- length: 118 pages
- dimensions: 198 x 129 x 6 mm
- weight: 0.12kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Hamlet and the Renaissance:
1. The Renaissance context
2. Heroism in the Renaissance epic tradition
3. Tragedy and Renaissance man
4. The place of Hamlet in Shakespeare's career
Part II. The Tragedy of Hamlet:
5. The problem of Hamlet
6. Hamlet and the revenge play tradition
7. Hamlet and classical heroism
8. Hamlet and Christianity
9. Hamlet as tragic hero
10. The end of Hamlet
Part III. Dramatic and Poetic Technique:
11. The drama of Hamlet
12. The language of Hamlet
Part IV. The Heritage of Hamlet:
13. Hamlet in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
14. Hamlet in the nineteenth century
15. The comic Hamlet
16. Hamlet in the twentieth century
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