"Post-Hamlet: Shakespeare in an Era of Textual Exhaustion" examines how postmodern audiences continue to reengage with Hamlet in spite of our culture’s oversaturation with this most canonical of texts. Combining adaptation theory and performance theory with examinations of avant-garde performances and other unconventional appropriations of Shakespeare’s play, Post-Hamlet examines Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a central symbol of our era’s "textual exhaustion," an era in which the reader/viewer is bombarded by text—printed, digital, and otherwise. The essays in this edited collection, divided into four sections, focus on the radical employment of Hamlet as a cultural artifact that adaptors and readers use to depart from textual "authority" in, for instance, radical English-language performance, international film and stage performance, pop-culture and multi-media appropriation, and pedagogy.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Chapter 1. Introduction: Post-Hamlet
Sonya Freeman Loftis, Allison Kellar, and Lisa Ulevich
Section I: Post-Hamlet Appropriations
Chapter 2. Posthuman Hamlets: Ghosts in the Machine
Todd Andrew Borlik
Chapter 3. Or Not to Be: Dancing Beyond Hamlet in Christopher Wheeldon’s Misericordes/Elsinore
Chapter 4. "It’s the Opheliac in me": Ophelia, Emilie Autumn, and the role of Hamlet in Discussing Mental Disability
Chapter 5. "I the matter will reword": The Ghost of Hamlet in Translation
Chapter 6. Locating Hamlet in Kashmir: Haider, Terrorism, and Shakespearean Transmission
Section II: Post-Hamlet Performances
Chapter 7. "Denmark is a Prison": Hamlet for Inclusive and Incarcerated Audiences
Sheila T. Cavanagh
Chapter 8. Revisionist Q1 and the Poetics of Alternatives: Vindicating Hamlet’s "Bad" Quarto on Page and Stage in Japan and Beyond
Chapter 9. "Poem Unlimited, Space Unlimited": The Case of the Naked Hamlet
Section III: Post-Hamlet Classrooms
Chapter 10. After Words: Hamlet’s Unfinished Business in the Liberal Arts Classroom
Chapter 11. "Read freely, my dear": Education and Agency in Lisa Klein’s Ophelia
Victoria R. Farmer
Chapter 12. To Relate or Not to Relate: Questioning the Pedagogical Value of Relatable Hamlet
Erin M. Presley
Section IV: Post-Hamlet Post-Script
Chapter 13. DIE-JES
Sonya Freeman Loftis is an Associate Professor of English at Morehouse College.
Allison Kellar is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Honors at Wingate University.
Lisa Ulevich received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 2016. Her research interests include the poetics of allusion, narrative theory, and the mediation of identity through poetic and other formal structures.