Hamlet in his modern guises /

Focusing on Shakespeare's Hamlet as foremost a study of grief, Alexander Welsh offers a powerful analysis of its protagonist as the archetype of the modern hero. For over two centuries writers and critics have viewed Hamlet's persona as a fascinating blend of self-consciousness, guilt, and...

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Main Author: Welsh, Alexander.
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
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Main Author:Welsh, Alexander.
Summary:Focusing on Shakespeare's Hamlet as foremost a study of grief, Alexander Welsh offers a powerful analysis of its protagonist as the archetype of the modern hero. For over two centuries writers and critics have viewed Hamlet's persona as a fascinating blend of self-consciousness, guilt, and wit. Yet in order to understand more deeply the modernity of this Shakespearean hero, Welsh first situates Hamlet within the context of family and mourning as it was presented in other revenge tragedies of Shakespeare's time. Revenge, he maintains, appears as a function of mourning rather than an end in its.

"Alexander Welsh brings such depth and focus to his investigation of Hamlet, particularly to his analyses of the hero's influence on some major novels, that this book is well worth reading. Like all Welsh's works, this one is written with acumen and style."--Jonathan Bate, University of Liverpool

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Physical Description:1 online resource (xii, 178 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:1400814804 (electronic bk.)
9781400814800 (electronic bk.)
9781400824120
1400824125