Shakespeare: Hamlet

Shakespeare: Hamlet

by Paul A. Cantor

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521840033
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/13/2004
Series: Landmarks of World Literature (New)
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Chronology; 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.

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