Looking for Hamlet

By Hunt, Marvin W.

Publishers Summary:
A mysterious, melancholic, brooding Hamlet has gripped and fascinated four hundred years' of readers, trying to "find" and know him as he searches for and avenges his father's name. Setting itself apart from the usual discussions about Hamlet, Hunt here demonstrates that Hamlet is much more than we take him to be. Much more than the sum of his parts--more than just tragic, sexy youth and more than just vain cruelty--Hamlet is a reflection of our own aspirations and neuroses. Looking for Hamlet investigates our many searches for Hamlet, from their origins in Danish mythology through the complex problems of early printed texts, through the centuries of shifting interpretations of the young prince to our own time when Hamlet is more compelling and perplexing than ever before. Hunt presents Hamlet as a sort of missing person, the idealized being inside oneself. This search for the missing Hamlet, Hunt argues, reveals a present absence readers pursue as a means of finding and identifying ourselves.

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ISBN
978-1-40397-036-7
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan


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Reviewed on December 15, 2007

Hundreds of books have been published about Shakespeare's Hamlet. Hunt (Shakespeare, North Carolina State Univ.), who has twice been a fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, here provides a solid, useful introduction to the play, along with a summation of 400 years of literary criticism. He begins with a history of the inherited material Shakespeare used to inform Hamlet, then discusses the critical and interpretive problems r...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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