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'Hamlet' Without Hamlet

A study tracing the impact and evolution of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Author : Margreta de Grazia

Release : 2007-01-11

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 0521870259

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A study tracing the impact and evolution of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Hamlet Without the Potholes

From the ''Shakespeare Without the Potholes'' Series Jerry Rubin. Hamlet Hamlet
Without the Potholes Without the Potholes From the "Shakespeare Without the

Author : Jerry Rubin

Release : 2000-07-18

Publisher : Xlibris Corporation

ISBN : 1462807356

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The series "Shakespeare Without the Potholes" is intended to provide updated versions of all of the 37 generally recognized plays of William Shakespeare. The series makes the plays more accessible to students encountering Shakespeare for the first time; it provides an easier reading experience by modernizing some of the outdated vocabulary and grammar, and by revising many of the more difficult passages that in the original can be understood, if at all, only by careful scanning of a footnote, and sometimes not even then. The alterations retain the meter and maintain almost all of the poetic substance. Reading one of Shakespeare's plays is like driving down a broad and beautiful highway lined with gorgeous sights, observing, as one passes, the wide range of human types and situations; but unfortunately the road is marred by potholes small and large -- archaic words, phrases and grammar, words whose meanings have migrated during the course of 400 years, and passages that are difficult or impossible to comprehend. Sometimes these involve mythological references, or references to customs that an Elizabethan would be familiar with, but to a modern reader are largely unintelligible. Many students who embark on the trip do not complete it, or else vow never to undertake another. There are four alternatives -- driving straight through, but the drive is then a bumpy one; detouring around each pothole by consulting a footnote, but the drive is then full of distractions; filling in the potholes oneself by becoming erudite in Elizabethan grammar, vocabulary, mythology, customs and circumstances, but the drive is then laborious; or using the services of a pothole-fixer, who may indeed use asphalt instead of concrete, but who attempts to provide a smooth, continuous and pleasant journey. The latter is the task this series undertakes. In the more famous or the more soaring speeches a lighter hand is used, sometimes retaining archaic contractions ('Tis nobler in the mind ....). Such words as thou, thee, thy, thine have mostly been replaced by modern counterparts. There are many individual words that have shifted meaning in the 400 years since Shakespeare wrote his masterpieces. Some have developed a meaning nearly the opposite of the original - for example, in Elizabethan days, 'merely' meant 'utterly' or 'totally'; 'timeless' meant 'untimely'; 'presently' usually meant 'at once'. "I shall attend his majesty presently" does not mean "I'll be there in a little while", but rather "I'm on my way". Other words have shifted their meanings somewhat less, but quite enough to induce puzzlement - 'approve' meaning 'prove'; 'modern' meaning 'commonplace'. Such variations in meaning contribute to a bemused reaction on the part of the uninformed reader - a sense that while he or she may understand the gist of the play, there are some strange things being said that don't seem to compute. With small potholes, the sense of not quite understanding can exist just under the conscious level; one is distressed by the dim intuition that something has been missed, even while the eye skims over troublesome passages without focusing on what is being misunderstood. But there are also massive potholes (some of which may be the result of copying errors in the 17th century), that feel more like hitting a brick wall. Consider "He that a fool doth very wisely hit Doth very foolishly, although he smart, Not to seem senseless of the bob. If not, The wise man's folly is anatomized E'en by the squandering glances of the fool." -- As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7 Once having figured out who is 'hitting' whom (the fool is doing the gibing, though the rules of Elizabethan grammar would seem to allow for either), some readers might be able to parse this passage after a few passes, making reasonable gu

Hamlet Without Tears

Author : Isidore Joseph Semper

Release : 1946

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Hamlet. Leader without Leadership

Like we normally do everyday. So, how do we get out of this impasse? Shakespeare’s masterpiece will show us the way, we just have to read it carefully, like Beppe Carrella did.

Author : Beppe Carrella

Release : 2020-05-20

Publisher : goWare

ISBN : 8833633616

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Hamlet is someone eternally at war with the necessity to choose his path. A struggle management experts and business leaders are well-acquainted with. Hamlet is the epitome of the chronically undecided, who has made procrastination, indecisiveness and therefore, inaction, a way of life and of conduct. The heir to the Danish throne’s most famous line: “To be or not to be, that is the question”, an open declaration of skepticism, is strikingly applicable to managers, and not only them – as, deep down, Hamlet’s story is about each and all of us, regardless of our held position. Eventually, you come to understand that, perhaps, Hamlet is “just” a man, desperately, viciously fighting his destiny. Like we normally do everyday. So, how do we get out of this impasse? Shakespeare’s masterpiece will show us the way, we just have to read it carefully, like Beppe Carrella did.

Hamlet in His Modern Guises

This book relates the problem of dubious mourning to Hamlet's ascendancy as an icon of Western culture, which began late in the eighteenth century, a time when the thinking of past generations--or fathers--represented to many an obstacle to ...

Author : Alexander Welsh

Release : 2001-01

Publisher :

ISBN : 9780691050935

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Focusing on Shakespeare's Hamlet as foremost a study of grief, Alexander Welsh offers a powerful analysis of its protagonist as the archetype of the modern hero. For over two centuries writers and critics have viewed Hamlet's persona as a fascinating blend of self-consciousness, guilt, and wit. Yet in order to understand more deeply the modernity of this Shakespearean hero, Welsh first situates Hamlet within the context of family and mourning as it was presented in other revenge tragedies of Shakespeare's time. Revenge, he maintains, appears as a function of mourning rather than an end in itself. Welsh also reminds us that the mourning of a son for his father may not always be sincere. This book relates the problem of dubious mourning to Hamlet's ascendancy as an icon of Western culture, which began late in the eighteenth century, a time when the thinking of past generations--or fathers--represented to many an obstacle to human progress. Welsh reveals how Hamlet inspired some of the greatest practitioners of modernity's quintessential literary form, the novel. Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, Scott's Redgauntlet, Dickens's Great Expectations, Melville's Pierre, and Joyce's Ulysses all enhance our understanding of the play while illustrating a trend in which Hamlet ultimately becomes a model of intense consciousness. Arguing that modern consciousness mourns for the past, even as it pretends to be free of it, Welsh offers a compelling explanation of why Hamlet remains marvelously attractive to this day.

Hamlet's Arab Journey

Hamlet's Arab Journey traces the uses of Hamlet in Arabic theatre and political rhetoric, and asks how Shakespeare's play developed into a musical with a happy ending in 1901 and grew to become the most obsessively quoted literary work in ...

Author : Margaret Litvin

Release : 2011-10-23

Publisher : Princeton University Press

ISBN : 0691137803

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For the past five decades, Arab intellectuals have seen themselves in Shakespeare's Hamlet: their times "out of joint," their political hopes frustrated by a corrupt older generation. Hamlet's Arab Journey traces the uses of Hamlet in Arabic theatre and political rhetoric, and asks how Shakespeare's play developed into a musical with a happy ending in 1901 and grew to become the most obsessively quoted literary work in Arab politics today. Explaining the Arab Hamlet tradition, Margaret Litvin also illuminates the "to be or not to be" politics that have turned Shakespeare's tragedy into the essential Arab political text, cited by Arab liberals, nationalists, and Islamists alike. On the Arab stage, Hamlet has been an operetta hero, a firebrand revolutionary, and a muzzled dissident. Analyzing productions from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Kuwait, Litvin follows the distinct phases of Hamlet's naturalization as an Arab. Her fine-grained theatre history uses personal interviews as well as scripts and videos, reviews, and detailed comparisons with French and Russian Hamlets. The result shows Arab theatre in a new light. Litvin identifies the French source of the earliest Arabic Hamlet, shows the outsize influence of Soviet and East European Shakespeare, and explores the deep cultural link between Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser and the ghost of Hamlet's father. Documenting how global sources and models helped nurture a distinct Arab Hamlet tradition, Hamlet's Arab Journey represents a new approach to the study of international Shakespeare appropriation.

Looking for Hamlet

But the editors of the recent Arden, Third Series Hamlets, Ann Thompson and
Neil Taylor, dispute this claim. ... De Grazia's Hamlet without Hamlet (Cambridge:
Cambridge UP, 2007) arrived just as Looking for Hamlet was entering production

Author : Marvin W. Hunt

Release : 2007-12-10

Publisher : St. Martin's Press

ISBN : 9780230611375

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A mysterious, melancholic, brooding Hamlet has gripped and fascinated four hundred years' of readers, trying to "find" and know him as he searches for and avenges his father's name. Setting itself apart from the usual discussions about Hamlet, Hunt here demonstrates that Hamlet is much more than we take him to be. Much more than the sum of his parts--more than just tragic, sexy youth and more than just vain cruelty--Hamlet is a reflection of our own aspirations and neuroses. Looking for Hamlet investigates our many searches for Hamlet, from their origins in Danish mythology through the complex problems of early printed texts, through the centuries of shifting interpretations of the young prince to our own time when Hamlet is more compelling and perplexing than ever before. Hunt presents Hamlet as a sort of missing person, the idealized being inside oneself. This search for the missing Hamlet, Hunt argues, reveals a present absence readers pursue as a means of finding and identifying ourselves.

Shakespeare and Republicanism

The book that changed scholarly opinion on Shakespeare's politics, now available in paperback.

Author : Andrew Hadfield

Release : 2005-07-21

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 9780521816076

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The book that changed scholarly opinion on Shakespeare's politics, now available in paperback.

The Tain of Hamlet

1References to line numbers and Act-Scene divisions are to the Arden 3 Hamlet,
edited by Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor (London: Arden, ... 11Margreta de
Grazia, Hamlet without Hamlet (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Author : Laurie Johnson

Release : 2014-10-17

Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN : 1443869929

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Shakespeare's Hamlet is considered by many to be the cornerstone of the English literary canon, a play that remains universally relevant. Yet it seems likely that we have spent so long reading the play for its capacity to reflect ourselves that we have lost sight of the thing itself. The goal of this book is to look beyond the Hamlet that has bedazzled critics for centuries, to seek to apprehend the play in all of its historical distinctness. This is not simply the search for what the play me...


Eyes without feeling, feeling without sight, Ears without hands or eyes, smelling
sans all, Or but a sickly part of one true sense Could not so mope.” O shame,
where is thy blush? ... O Hamlet, speak no more. HAM. QUEEN. HAM. QUEEN.

Author : William Shakespeare

Release : 2012-06-08

Publisher : Courier Corporation

ISBN : 0486132579

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DIVThe quintessential Shakespearean tragedy, whose highly charged confrontations and anguished soliloquies probe depths of human feeling rarely sounded in any art. Reprinted from an authoritative British edition complete with illuminating footnotes. /div

The Renaissance Text

him faire in a frostie morning , hee will affoord you whole Hamlets , I should say
handfuls of Tragicall speeches . Nashe goes on ... By 1598 , then , there seems to
have been a Hamlet without Shakespeare and a Shakespeare without Hamlet .

Author : Andrew Murphy

Release : 2000-10-20

Publisher : Manchester University Press

ISBN : 9780719059179

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This collection of essays focuses attention on the broad issue of Renaissance textuality, exploring such topics as the position of the reader relative to the text; the impact of editorial strategies and modes of presentation on our understanding of the text; the complexities of extended textual histories; and the relevance of gender to the process of textual retrieval and preservation. The volume is closely informed by recent developments in textual theory that have led to a probing interrogation of traditional understandings of the early modern textual world and of how we should edit, disseminate, and encounter the Renaissance text in our own time.

Shakespeare Studies

Reviewer: Karen Newman Margreta de Grazia's Hamlet without Hamlet opens
with, in her own words, ''a sweeping claim: a 200-year-old critical tradition has
been built on an oversight (and of the play's premise, no less)'' (5). She maintains

Author : Susan Zimmerman

Release : 2011-10-01

Publisher : Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN : 0838643175

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Posthumanist Shakespeares

At the end of the second chapter of Hamlet without Hamlet, Margreta de Grazia
notes how tempting it has been to 'connect ... 44), and adds, after quoting
Minsheu's Dictionary, that the terms used here are 'uncannily apposite to
Hamlet's most ...

Author : S. Herbrechter

Release : 2012-07-31

Publisher : Springer

ISBN : 1137033592

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Shakespeare scholars and cultural theorists critically investigate the relationship between early modern culture and contemporary political and technological changes concerning the idea of the 'human.' The volume covers the tragedies King Lear and Hamlet in particular, but also provides posthumanist readings of other Shakespearean plays.

Readings on the Character of Hamlet

By some such procedure as this, much even of presentday Hamlet criticism must
surely be generated. Of course we arrive at solutions without difficulty. It is
extremely natural toimagine a person(oneself) in Hamlet'scase being troubled by

Author : Claude C H Williamson

Release : 2013-09-13

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1136566082

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First published in 1950. This volume contains the essence of over three hundred well-known literary critics who, between 1661 and 1947, considered the great literary riddle of the years · Entries arranged chronologically by date of publication · International authorship of material

The Masks of Hamlet

This Hamlet grasps the chance to be alone with his mother , he has yearned for
reunion with the woman who had so hung upon his father , who was such a pillar
of his family . This can be a touching Hamlet , without the petulance that has ...

Author : Marvin Rosenberg

Release : 1992

Publisher : University of Delaware Press

ISBN : 9780874134803

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Hamlet's challenge: "You would pluck out the heart of my mystery - " Yes, we would. If we could. We can but try; and the best way to begin, this book suggests, is to share what distinguished actors, scholars, and critics have gleaned; and thus enriched by their experience forage in the text and come to know the play personally, intimately. Again and again Mr. Rosenberg will insist that only the individual reader or actor can determine Shakespeare's design of Hamlet's character - and of the play. More, the reader, to interpret Hamlet's words and actions at the many crises, needs to double in the role of actor, imagining the character from the inside as well as observing it from the outside. So every reader is deputed by the author to be an actor-reader, invited to participate within Hamlet's mystery. The critical moments are examined, the options and ambiguities discussed, and the decisions left to individual judgment and intuition. The mysteries of other major characters are similarly approached. What terrible sin haunts Gertrude, that she never confesses? What agonies hide behind Claudius' smile? Does Ophelia truly love Hamlet? Does she choose madness? What are Polonius' masked motives, as in using his daughter for bait for Hamlet? With how much effort must Laertes repress the conscience that finally torments him? Only the actor-reader can know. And the mystery of the play itself: by what magic did Shakespeare interweave poetic language, character, and stage action to create a drama that for centuries has absorbed the attention and admiration of readers and theatre audiences on every continent in the world? The reader-actor will find out. To prepare the actor-reader for insights, Mr. Rosenberg draws on major interpretations of the play worldwide, in theatre and in criticism, wherever possible from the first known performances to the present day. He discusses evidences of Hamlet's experience in Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South America, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Yugoslavia. Theatres from a number of these countries provided the author with videotapes of their Hamlet performances; his study of these, and of films and recordings, and of a number of modern stagings in America and abroad, deepened his sense of the play, as did interviews with actors and directors, and insights sent to him by colleagues and friends from throughout the world. Mr. Rosenberg followed one Hamlet production through rehearsals to performance, for personal experience of the staging of the play he discusses, as he did in his earlier books, The Masks of Othello, The Masks of King Lear, and The Masks of Macbeth . And as with the latter two studies, he came upon further illuminations of Shakespeare's art by exposing Hamlet to "naive" spectators who had never read or seen the play.

Hamlet's Fictions

Conclusion We have tried to follow the windings and turnings of Hamlet's fictions
through three broad areas: passion as ... I have been trying to argue for the
excitement and authenticity of Hamlet without stumbling on moral and ethical

Author : Maurice Charney

Release : 2014-02-03

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1317814436

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"But in a fiction, in a dream of passion..." In an extended commentary on this passage this book offers a rationale for the excellence and primacy of this play among the tragedies. Throughout, emphasis is placed on Hamlet's fantasies and imaginations rather than on ethical criteria, and on the depiction of Hamlet as a revenge play through an exploration of its dark and mysterious aspects. The book stresses the importance of Passion and Its Fictions in the play and attempts to explore the very Pirandellian topic of Hamlet's passion and dream of passion. It goes on to examine the organization of dramatic energies in the play - the use Shakespeare makes of analogy and infinite regress and of scene rows, broken scenes and impacted scenes, and the significance of the exact middle of Hamlet. The final section is devoted to conventions of style, imagery, and genre in the play - what is the stage situation of asides, soliloguies, and offstage speech? How is the imagery of skin disease and sealing distinctive? In what sense is Hamlet a comedy, or does it use comedy significantly?

Hamlet and Revenge

Reexamines Elizabethan attitudes toward revenge and challenges traditional interpretations of Hamlet's ethical dilemma

Author : Eleanor Prosser

Release : 1971

Publisher : Stanford University Press

ISBN : 9780804703178

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Reexamines Elizabethan attitudes toward revenge and challenges traditional interpretations of Hamlet's ethical dilemma

The Life of William Shakespeare

See e.g. Frye, The Renaissance Hamlet. Greenblatt, Hamlet in Purgatory, 16, 234
–5. De Grazia, Hamlet Without Hamlet, 23–44. [Wright], Certaine Articles or
Forcible Reasons Discouering the palpable absurdities, and most notorious
errour of ...

Author : Lois Potter

Release : 2012-03-07

Publisher : John Wiley & Sons

ISBN : 1118231775

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The Life of William Shakespeare is a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of Shakespeare's life and works focusing on oftern neglected literary and historical contexts: what Shakespeare read, who he worked with as an author and an actor, and how these various collaborations may have affected his writing. Written by an eminent Shakespearean scholar and experienced theatre reviewer Pays particular attention to Shakespeare's theatrical contemporaries and the ways in which they influenced his writing Offers an intriguing account of the life and work of the great poet-dramatist structured around the idea of memory Explores often neglected literary and historical contexts that illuminate Shakespeare's life and works


HAMLET'S. OTHER. CHARACTERS. 'It may be properly said of this play', wrote
Anthony Ashley Cooper, third Earl of Shaftesbury in Characteristics of Men,
Manners, Opinions, Times (2nd ... taking place within and without Hamlet's own

Author : Michael Davies

Release : 2008-06-24

Publisher : A&C Black

ISBN : 0826495915

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Designed for first year students, this innovative guide builds on the usual knowledge base of students beginning literary study in HE by focusing on the familiar characters but introducing more sophisticated analysis.

Shakespeare and the Culture of Romanticism

Madam, there must be only one black figure in this play”: Hamlet, Ophelia, and
the Romantic Hero Karen Britland In ... Developing concomitantly with Margreta
de Grazia, “HamletWithout Hamlet (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ...

Author : Joseph M. Ortiz

Release : 2013

Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN : 9781409455813

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How theatre directors, actors, poets, women writers, political philosophers, gallery owners and other professionals in the nineteenth century turned to Shakespeare in myriad ways to advance their own political, artistic, or commercial agendas is the subject of this collection. Whether Whig or Tory, male or female, intellectual or commercial, Romantic writers found in Shakespeare a powerful medium through which to claim authority for their particular interests.