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Overview

This revised Norton Critical Edition of one of the series' most widely read texts is based on the second quarto (1604-05). Where necessary, the editor has also drawn from the folio text, recording all departures from the quarto in the Textual Notes. Punctuation and stage directions for the play have been refined, and textual annotations have been revised and expanded.The "Intellectual Backgrounds" and "Extracts from the Sources" sections, both highly praised, remain as germane as ever. Intellectual Backgrounds includes important readings on melancholy, demonology, the nature of man, and death, including works by Peter de la Primaudaye, Timothy Bright, Lewes Lavater, G. Gifford, Michel de Montaigne, and Heironymous Cardanus. Extracts from the Sources provides pre-Shakespearean accounts of the story of Hamlet, reprinting substantial excerpts from Saxo Grammaticus's Historia Danica and Belleforest's Histoires Tragiques."Criticism" has been revised to accommodate the most significant recent interpretations of Hamlet while retaining the seminal essays of the First Edition. Twenty-three critical analyses are featured, including those by Samuel Johnson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Hazlitt, A. C. Bradley, D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, G. Wilson Knight, C. S. Lewis, Harry Levin, Peter J. Seng, Rebecca West, Arnold Kettle, Margaret W. Ferguson, Jacqueline Rose, and William Empson.An updated Selected Bibliography is also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393956634
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.65 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Do not buy!!

    Take it from the people who purchased this book. None of the pages show up. Its a fraud. If you can, please report this book.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Book

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!! like all books that have no cover art (somewhat proving that the aurhor or, in this case the person who made this available had not the time or intrest to make a cover), the bok is SPAM. A few pages aftwr the book starts, all i see is:

    And he spoke unto her ^^`@ the ";? eight law *++

    Makes NO SENSE whatsoever. DO NOT PURCHASE. WASTE OF TIME.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Impossible to read

    There were so many errors in this book that it was just impossible to read and be able to fully understand the text. Would not reccomend this version.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    an outstandingstory and a tragedy

    this is a one of shakespears great play. it has everything in it. friendship, love enemies, etc.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Unintelligible

    Poorly scanned and impossible to read

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    HORRIBLE!

    I don't know if its my Nook Tablet or something but nothing shows up! Just a bunch of blank pages!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    A line from the play

    "To be or not to be that is question"

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Very good

    Shakespeare is a masre of humor and writing. Bravo.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Hamlet

    This is so good and we are doing a play about it in school

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Awful

    Confusing script

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Do not recommend for high school classes.

    I found it easier to understand my reading with the real book that had original and modern text. This nook book only contained the original text.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A true classic

    This is truly one of the BEST books i have ever read. This was my first time reading a book by Shakespeare and i was certainty not disappointed. This is a very dramatic and eventful tragedy about the prince of Denmark. Although the language is sort of difficult to understand this version provides excellent notes that made me understand completely what it was about. I loved this book so much i read it in one day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    My review

    I think it was a wonderful play (I haven't read the book, I saw the play) and I would like you to know that also McBeth was a great play.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    A TREMENDOUSLY POWERFUL PLAY.. ENDLESSLY PASSIONATE

    HAMLET is one of Shakespeare's most bitter and powerful plays of all time. It combines deceit, promiscuity, murder, revenge, and conquest into one mesmerizing, compelling, and marvelous story. Entertaining, brilliant, clever, and absolutley spectacular.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002

    AN amazing revelation

    I have to admit that this is the most amazing story i have ever read. There is nothing like it in the world! I read this when i was in 9th grade I am know in 10th and i still cannot believe that someone could create such an amazing story. it is cunning. everything that Hamlet utters is pure poetry and beatiful he makes everything sound so magnifcient. I would suggest that anyone who likes this book see Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet. (1996 version) It is the best version of Hamlet i have seen (i have seen alot) no one else can play hamlet like him!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    'A wonderful treat'

    This book gave you suspence,suspence,suspence it never got boiring but there were some parts I dis liked such as the part when his girlfriend killled herself that mad me sad,but it gave it more suspence.I say every child in Amarica should have too read Hamlet in the 10th grade.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    hamlet-great!!!!!!!

    this was a good book, i couldn't put it down. I read it in 2 days.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2000

    Hamlet-Really a Modern Man?

    To say that there is much ado about nothing would be to miss one of Shakespeare's finest hours. Hamlet is by far the best piece of work I have read by Shakespeare and that is because it contains all the elements of a spellbinding, mysterious, edge of your seat tale. If you were looking for a work that contained lust, sex, greed, politics, murder and espionage all in one convenient package, this is it. Hamlet comes across as a man who is insane, or is he really just stressed by the weight of his position. I say you open this book and answer that question yourself, a fascinating tale that transends the barriers of time and place and smacks of modern life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    the book with everything

    if you find murder, love, betrayl, friendships, sex, greed, hate, revenge, war, honesty, ghosts, hope, spirit, teen angst, family, history, speech, truth, spies, morals, or sports remotely intersting, you will love 'hamlet'. it is poetry, it is shakespeare, it is the best piece of literature ever written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    Hamet-Prince Of Denmark

    I am studing Shakespeare at my school. And were focusing on Hamlet at the momment. And I find the play very interesting. Personally my favorite charactor is Ophilia, because beleive it or not, she accually has a lot going on, not to mention all at once, and they are all major in her life. First everything is peachy,fine and dandy. Then Hamlet (accidently) kills Poloinus thinking its Cladious. Then later her boyfriend(Hamlet)'Goes Crazy'. And much much more. Then she decide to end her life. And she does.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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