Hamlet

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Overview

Perhaps the most famous of all of Shakespeare's tragedies is summarized, with special attention given to the play's many complex characters. Titles in this growing series for middle school and high school students analyze novels and plays that are included in most schools' English Lit. curricula. Literature Made Easy books are more than plot summaries. They analyze characters, explain themes, and point out details that make each author's writing style unique. Each book also features "Mind Maps"—diagrams that summarize the work's most important details and serve as stimuli to help students focus their ideas for exams and term papers.

Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with discussion questions, role-playing scenarios, and other study activities.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
It is a tragedy that all actors seem to crave to perform, and the Renaissance Theatre Company clearly relishes the chance to present Hamlet for the ear. It is a contemporary cast from which one has come to expect superior Shakespearean acting on stage and screen: Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet; Sir John Gielgud as the Ghost; Derek Jacobi as Claudius; and Emma Thompson as the Player Queen. Unlike the Recorded Books version (Audio Reviews, LJ 8/90), this BBC edition may be a little hard to follow by those unfamiliar with the play's text, particularly since stage directions are not provided and speakers are not clearly identified. But the program does give the complete version, a rare treat, and the accompanying booklet offers insights into both the acting and the production. Highly recommended.-- Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
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The big H comes to Penguin's great revamped "Pelican Shakespeare" line. What else do you need to know? Buy it! Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Lest there be misunderstanding, the title's "New" refers to the freshness of 1877, though the Dover variations are collated from some 30 editions together with the notes and numerous comments of the editors of those editions. The second volume contains commentaries from the French, German, and English, with preference given to verbal over aesthetic criticism. On the topic of whether the Dane was insane, for example, Boswell (1821) writes that Hamlet's utterances "evince not only a sound, but an acute and vigourous understanding...and though his mind is enfeebled, it is by no means deranged." This is an important reprint for those hungry to re-parse the words and (in)action of perhaps the most famous of fatherless children. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764120657
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Literature Made Easy Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
Pt. 1 Hamlet: The Complete Text
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts 3
The Complete Text 27
Note on the Text 154
Textual Notes 156
Pt. 2 Hamlet: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of Hamlet 181
Feminist Criticism and Hamlet 208
What Is Feminist Criticism? 208
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography 215
A Feminist Perspective: Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism 220
Psychoanalytic Criticism and Hamlet 241
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism? 241
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography 251
A Psychoanalytic Perspective: "Man and Wife Is One Flesh": Hamlet and the Confrontation with the Maternal Body 256
Deconstruction and Hamlet 283
What Is Deconstruction? 283
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography 293
A Deconstructionist Perspective: Hamlet: Giving Up the Ghost 297
Marxist Criticism and Hamlet 332
What Is Marxist Criticism? 332
Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography 345
A Marxist Perspective: "Funeral-Bak'd Meats": Carnival and the Carnivalesque in Hamlet 348
The New Historicism and Hamlet 368
What Is the New Historicism 368
The New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography 377
A New Historicist Perspective: "Suche Strange Desygns": Madness, Subjectivity, and Treason in Hamlet and Elizabethan Culture 380
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms 403
About the Contributors 416
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