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.
|Publisher:||University of Hertfordshire Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)|