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...First performed by the King’s Men – Shakespeare’s own company – ‘privately at the Blackfriars and publicly at the Globe’, The Duchess of Malfi is a thrilling combination of brilliant coups de théâtre, horrific set-pieces and vivid...
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...Shakespeare’s timeless story of revenge, corruption, and murder is considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Prince Hamlet sets out to avenge his beloved father's death at the hand of his uncle Claudius — but Hamlet...

Critical responses and the afterlife of text and film

Samuel Crowl

Samuel Crowl is Trustee Professor of English at Ohio University, USA. He is the author of several books on Shakespeare in performance including Shakespeare Observed, Shakespeare at the Cineplex, The Films of Kenneth Branagh and Shakespeare and Film. He has lectured at colleges and universities in the United States, England, Europe, and Africa and has been five times honored for distinguished teaching. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screen Adaptations: Shakespeare's Hamlet : The Relationship between Text and Film

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2014

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...Hamlet's afterlife is inescapable: it has become not only Shakespeare's signature work but also the most read and performed dramatic text in Western culture. Even in our own media-saturated world of mass entertainment Hamlet remains alive...

The Critical Backstory

The Spanish Tragedy : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...The beginnings The critical history of The Spanish Tragedy is bookended by popularity. Kyd’s play was an instant success in the late 1580s and was widely known to audiences for decades after its first performances...
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...Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare's genius...

New Directions: Being Hamlet Not Being Hamlet

Hamlet : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...In Greek Theatre the gods believe in humanity. They have to. That is the source of their power. Without our stories of their cruelty, their capriciousness, their infinite ability to deny and defy our attempts to control our destinies, what...

Hamlet: Language and Writing

Dympna Callaghan

Dympna Callaghan is William L. Safire Professor of Modern Letters in the Department of English at Syracuse University. She has published widely on the playwrights and poets of the English Renaissance and was President of the Shakespeare Association of America in 2012-13. Callaghan has held fellowships at the Folger, Huntington and Newberry Libraries, at the Getty Research Centre in Los Angeles, and, most recently, at the Bogliasco Center for Arts and Humanities in Liguria, Italy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2015

Short Guides and Biography

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...This lively and informative guide reveals Hamlet as marking a turning point in Shakespeare’s use of language and dramatic form as well as addressing the key problem at the play’s core: Hamlet’s inaction. It also looks at recent critical...

Introduction

Ann Thompson

Ann Thompson is a Professor of English and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre, King’s College London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hamlet : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Generally hailed until comparatively recently as Shakespeare’s ‘greatest play’, Hamlet is still performed, read and studied more often than its only rival for this accolade, King Lear. It remains to be seen whether...

To Be Or Not To Be

Douglas Bruster

Douglas Bruster is Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is the author of Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare; Quoting Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the Question of Culture; and, with Robert Weimann, Prologues to Shakespeare’s Theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Short Guides and Biography

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...Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy is quoted more often than any other passage in Shakespeare. It is arguably the most famous speech in the Western world - though few of us can remember much about it. This book carefully unpacks...

The State of the Art

Neil Taylor

Neil Taylor is Professor Emeritus at Roehampton University, UK Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hamlet : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...‘Today, Hamlet studies have, one suspects, reached something of a dead end.’ That was the view of Adrian A. Husain, writing in 2004. ‘The noted Shakespeare scholars’, he continued, listing some illustrious names from the twentieth century...