Hamlet: A Critical Reader
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Hamlet: A Critical Reader

Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor, Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor

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Hamlet: A Critical Reader

Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor, Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor

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Hamlet remains the most-studied of all Shakespeare's great tragedies. This collection of newly-commissioned essays gives readers an overview of past critical views of the play as well as new writing about the play from today's leading scholars. The range of perspectives offered makes the book an invaluable companion to anyone studying the play at an advanced level. The final chapter on learning and teaching resources is particularly useful as a guide for further study.

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Year
2016
ISBN
9781472571403
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1
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The 
Critical 
Backstory
John 
Lee
Given 
that 
this 
is 
an 
account 
of 
the 
critical 
history 
of 
Hamlet
in 
English, 
it 
is 
remarkable 
how 
European 
an 
affair 
it 
remains 
in 
main 
outline, 
and 
from 
how 
early 
on. 
One 
could 
say 
that 
a 
French-inÔ¨āuenced¬†
eighteenth 
century 
gave 
way 
to 
a 
German-inÔ¨āuenced¬†
nineteenth 
century, 
which 
led 
on 
to 
a 
Franco-German 
twentieth. 
Sometimes 
that 
relationship 
was 
oppositional; 
many 
English 
and 
Scottish 
critics 
writing 
on 
Hamlet 
in 
the 
eighteenth 
century, 
though 
by 
no 
means 
all, 
aimed 
to 
repudiate 
Voltaire’s 
judgement 
that 
the 
play 
was 
one 
of 
Shakespeare’s 
‚Äėmonstrous¬†
Farces’ 
(1733: 
167). 
The 
nineteenth-century 
relationship 
was 
more 
companionate, 
with 
Goethe’s 
and 
Schlegel’s 
accounts 
of 
the 
play, 
and 
particularly 
its 
Prince, 
providing 
interpretations 
which 
English 
critics, 
now 
increasingly 
including 
critics 
from 
North 
America, 
naturalized, 
modiÔ¨Āed,¬†
and 
respectfully 
argued 
against. 
By 
the 
time 
the 
twentieth 
century 
arrived, 
and 
with 
it 
the 
profes-
sionalization 
of 
the 
study 
of 
English 
literature 
in 
particular 
and 
the 
humanities 
and 
social 
sciences 
more 
generally, 
writing 
on 
Hamlet
could 
be 
said 
to 
have 
become 
European 
in 
its 
spirit. 
The 
nineteenth-century 
philosophy 
of 
Hegel 
cast 
a 
long 
twentieth-century 
shadow 
Ô¨Ārst¬†
through 
A. 
C. 
Bradley’s 

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