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Shakespeare: Hamlet

Shakespeare: Hamlet

2nd Edition


Part of Landmarks of World Literature (New)

  • Date Published: May 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521549370

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  • In this useful guide, Paul Cantor provides a clearly structured introduction to Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. Cantor examines Hamlet's status as tragic hero and the central enigma of the delayed revenge in the light of the play's Renaissance context. He offers students a lucid discussion of the dramatic and poetic techniques used in the play. In the final chapter he deals with the uniquely varied reception of Hamlet on the stage and in literature generally from the seventeenth century to the present day.

    • 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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    '… provides a clear introduction to Hamlet …' Cahiers Élisabéthains

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 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
    Works cited
    Guide to further reading.

  • Author

    Paul A. Cantor, University of Virginia

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