The Tain of Hamlet

Johnson, Laurie (2013) The Tain of Hamlet. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-1-4438-4769-8

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Shakespeare's Hamlet is considered by many to be the cornerstone of the English literary canon, a play that remains universally relevant. Yet it seems likely that we have spent so long reading the play for its capacity to reflect ourselves that we have lost sight of the thing itself. The goal of this book is to look beyond the Hamlet that has bedazzled critics for centuries, to seek to apprehend the play in all of its historical distinctness. This is not simply the search for what the play meant to early modern audiences, less still the pursuit of the author's intention. Instead, the 'tain' of Hamlet is offered as the historical, material evidence of how the play came to be, from its sources in Danish legend to the contemporary historical forces that shaped the business world of Elizabethan players and playwrights. Drawing on methods from textual studies and cultural history, this investigation into the origins of Shakespeare's most famous play unravels a number of longstanding myths about the players, the printers, the patrons, and other historical figures whose lives intersected with the making of Hamlet, including the Bard himself.

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Additional Information: © 2013 by Laurie Johnson. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 06:57
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 04:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hamlet; William Shakespeare; cultural history; renaissance studies; Danish legend
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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