'Hamlet: The Critical Backstory': The history of criticism of Hamlet up to 2000

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHamlet: A Critical Reader
EditorsAnn Thompson, Neil Taylor
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThomson: Arden Shakespeare
Pages15-52
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameArden Early Modern Drama Guides

Keywords

  • Shakespeare
  • Hamlet
  • Criticism
  • History of Criticism

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    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.