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Hamlet: Critical Essays





ISBN 9781138975644
Published December 21, 2015 by Routledge
536 Pages

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A comprehensive collection of the best writing about this Shakespearian play, both as dramatic literature and theatrical performance, this book is an excellent resource companion to the text. This collected wisdom was originally published in 1986. It contains pieces of commentary from as far back as the late 18th Century but also highly acclaimed critical pieces from more recent years, organised into six general themes.

Table of Contents

Preface  Introduction  Part 1: The Play  1. Shakespeare: An Address, 1916, Apr. 23 G.L. Kittredge  2. 'Endnote to Hamlet' Samuel Johnson  3. Hamlet: An Historical and Comparative Study E.E. Stoll  4. 'The World of Hamlet' Maynard Mack  5. Form and Meaning in Drama H.D. Kitto  6. The Idea of a Theater Francis Fergusson  7. The Dream of Learning D.G. James  8. The Question of Hamlet Harry Levin  9. 'Hamlet, Duellist' Sheldon P. Zittner  10. The Comic Matrix of Shakespeare's Tragedies Susan Snyder 11. 'The Structural Pattern of Shakespeare's Tragedies'  Marco Mincoff  Part 2: Hamlet the Character  12. Coleridge on Shakespeare R.A. Foakes  13. Characters of Shakespeare's Plays William Hazlitt  14. Course of Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature Augustus Schlegel  15. Shakespearean Tragedy A.C. Bradley  16. Character Problems in Shakespeare's Plays Levin Schucking  17. Hamlet and Oedipus Ernest Jones  18. Hamlet: A Study in Critical Method A.J. Waldock  19. The Meanings of Hamlet P. Gottschalk  Part 3: Scenes and Characters   20. 'Notes to 'to be or not to be'' Samuel Johnson  21.' To Be or Not to Be' Francis Gentleman  22. Prefaces to Shakespeare Harley Granville-Barker  23. What Happens in Hamlet John Dover Wilson  24. The Mad Folk of Shakespeare John C. Bucknill  25. Shakespearean Tragedy A.C. Bradley  26. 'Introduction:' The Arden: Hamlet Harold Jenkins  27. 'Note to Polonius' Samuel Johnson  28. 'Introduction,' Hamlet  29. Poison, Play, and Duel Nigel Alexander  30. 'Introduction:' The Arden: Hamlet Harold Jenkins  Part 4: Language  31. Shakespeare's Dramatic Language Madeleine Doran  32. 'Hamlet and the Power of Words' Inga-Stina Ewbank  Part 5: The Theatre  33. Diary and Correspondence, August 31, 1668 Samuel Pepys  34. The Mirror, April 22, 1780 Mr. MacKenzie  35. Dramatic Miscellanies Thomas Davies  36. The Hamlet of Edwin Booth Charles Shattuck  37. 'An Actor's Notes on Shakespeare' Henry Irving  38. 'Hamlet,' 2 October, 1897 George Bernard Shaw  39. 'Fifty Years of Shakespearian Production' Muriel St. C. Byrne  40. John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet Richard L. Sterne  Part 6: Hamlet in Fiction  41. Tom Jones Henry Fielding  42. Wilhelm Meister Goethe  43. Great Expectations Charles Dickens  44. Ulysses James Joyce

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