This chapter provides a pathway through the bewildering variety of critical responses Hamlet has evoked, from the earliest satirical references by Jacobean playwrights to modern and postmodern discussions by feminists and new historicists since the 1980s. It will explore how it has proved so difficult to ‘pluck out the heart of [Hamlet’s] mystery’ and how the topic continues to be so controversial.
|Title of host publication||Hamlet: A Critical Reader|
|Editors||Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Thomson: Arden Shakespeare|
|Number of pages||37|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Name||Arden Early Modern Drama Guides|
- History of Criticism
Lee, J. (2016). 'Hamlet: The Critical Backstory': The history of criticism of Hamlet up to 2000. In A. Thompson, & N. Taylor (Eds.), Hamlet: A Critical Reader (pp. 15-52). (Arden Early Modern Drama Guides). Thomson: Arden Shakespeare.