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Prince of Denmark
     

Prince of Denmark

by Graham Holderness
 
This fictional rewriting of the Hamlet story reexamines the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia, and probes the circumstances of Ophelia's mysterious suicide before imagining the possibility of a different plot that does not end with the prince’s murder. The conflicts and alliances between ancient Viking chivalry, Renaissance realpolitik, and

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This fictional rewriting of the Hamlet story reexamines the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia, and probes the circumstances of Ophelia's mysterious suicide before imagining the possibility of a different plot that does not end with the prince’s murder. The conflicts and alliances between ancient Viking chivalry, Renaissance realpolitik, and Christian forgiveness are dramatically explored. The story of Hamlet is reinvented and reset in an intensively imagined Scandinavian culture. Newly translated passages from Old English, Icelandic, and Old German poems and sagas provide a rich source of romantic and mythological parallels and correspondences.

Graham Holderness is author, coauthor, or editor of 26 books, 19 of which are on Shakespeare, including Shakespeare’s History, The Shakespeare Myth, and Shakespeare: Three Histories. He is professor of English, dean of humanities, language and education, and director of research policy at the University of Hertfordshire. He lives in London, England.

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"Will fascinate those who know and love the tragedy. Recommended for all strong Shakespeare collections." -- Choice
Publishers Weekly
Shakespearean scholar Graham Holderness imagines an 11th-century Scandinavia after Hamlet's death though, by cutting back and forth in time, he suggests a few twists in the tortured prince's life in The Prince of Denmark. Ofelia (as her name is spelled here), for instance, is rescued from the river in time to give birth to Hamlet's son before expiring; Hamlet's foil Fortinbras assumes a much more devious aspect; and Horatio proves himself a hero in a novel that may affront purists but is likely to please more forgiving fans of one of Shakespeare's darkest plays. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781902806129
Publisher:
University of Hertfordshire Press
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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