Hamlet (Norton Critical Edition)by William Shakespeare
Pub. Date: 11/01/2010
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
This Norton Critical Edition of Hamlet features a newly edited text based on the Second Quarto (1604–05). It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and appendices providing important passages from both the First Quarto Hamlet (1603)
Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most famous play, is now available in an all-new, illustrated Norton Critical Edition.
This Norton Critical Edition of Hamlet features a newly edited text based on the Second Quarto (1604–05). It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and appendices providing important passages from both the First Quarto Hamlet (1603) and the Folio Hamlet (1623). Robert S. Miola’s thought-provoking introduction, “Imagining Hamlet,” considers this tragedy as it has taken shape in the theater, in criticism, and in various cultures.
“The Actors’ Gallery” presents famous actors and actressesamong them Sarah Bernhardt, Ellen Terry, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Kenneth Branagh, and Jude Lawreflecting on their roles in major productions of Hamlet for stage and screen. “Contexts” includes generous selections from the Bible, Greek (Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides) and Roman (Seneca) tragedies, Saxo Grammaticus, Dante, Thomas More, and Thomas Kyd.
“Criticism” reprints a wide range of historical and scholarly commentary including English critics (John Dryden, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Samuel Johnson), European and Russian writers (Voltaire, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Leo Tolstoy), and Americans (John Quincy Adams, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln). Recent scholarly writing takes various approaches to Hamletmythic (Gilbert Murray), psychoanalytic (Ernest Jones), comparativist (Harry Levin), feminist (Elaine Showalter), and New Historicist (Stephen Greenblatt), among others.
An engaging selection of Hamlet’s “Afterlives” includes the seventeenth-century Der Bestrafte Brudermord; David Garrick’s altered stage version; comic reflections by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Tom Stoppard; and selections from Heinrich Muller’s postmodern nightmare (Hamletmachine), Jawad al Assadi’s cynical Arab adaptation (Forget Hamlet), and John Updike’s haunting novel (Gertrude and Claudius).
A Selected Bibliography is also included.
Table of Contents
About the Series
About This Volume
PART I. HAMLET: THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [1974 text, with notes, from The Riverside Shakespeare, edited by G. Blakemore Evans]
Notes on the Text
PART II. HAMLET: A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM
A Critical History of Hamlet
Feminist Criticism and Hamlet
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
Elaine Showalter, Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism
Psychoanalytic Criticism and Hamlet
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Janet Adelman, "Man and Wife Is One Flesh": Hamlet and the Confrontation with the Maternal Body
Deconstruction and Hamlet
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
Marjorie Garber, Hamlet: Giving Up the Ghost
Marxist Criticism and Hamlet
What Is Marxist Criticism?
Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Marxist Perspective:
Michael D. Bristol, "Funeral-Bak'd-Meats": Carnival and the Carnivalesque in Hamlet
New Historicism and Hamlet
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
Karin S. Coddon, "Suche Strange Desygns": Madness, Subjectivity, and Treason in Hamlet and Elizabethan Culture
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors
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