If the aim of criticism is, in Arnold's phrase, 'to see the object as in itself it really is', what 'is' Hamlet, when every age has seen the play quite differently? Despite certain notable accounts, there is no single reading that seems to have interpreted the play for our time. This book approaches the play through its influence on the work of some writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Separate chapters show their different responses to Hamlet either as an object of their direct criticism or as a source of myth, symbol, mask and allusion in their own creative works. The aspects of Hamlet that preoccupy the different writers are reflected in their literature. They provide a new perspective in which to see the writers themselves, and contribute to the author's own critical reading of Hamlet in Part II.
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- Date Published: April 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521135528
- length: 216 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.32kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Modern Writers and the Ghosts of Hamlet: Introduction: Hamlet, criticism and creation
1. 'Bounded in a nutshell…king of infinite space': Stéphane Mallarmé
2. 'What may this mean?': Claudel and Valéry
3. 'Your only jig-maker': Jules Laforgue
4. 'Taint not thy mind': T. S. Eliot
5. 'Methinks I see my father': Joyce's Ulysses
6. 'To be or not to be': D. H. Lawrence
7. 'O my prophetic soul': Søren Kierkegaard
8. 'Bad dreams': Franz Kafka
9. Hamlet and modern literature
Part II. Perception, Authority, and Identity: a Reading of Hamlet
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