The Elizabethan Hamlet

by Arthur Mcgee

Yale University Press | September 10, 1987 | Hardcover

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This original and provocative reinterpretation of Hamlet presents the play as the original audiences would have viewed it-a much bleaker, stronger, and more deeply religious play than it has usually been assumed to be. Arthur McGee draws a picture of a Devil controlled Hamlet in the damnable Catholic court of Elsinore, and he shows that the evil natures of the Ghost and of Hamlet himself were understood and accepted by the Protestant audiences of the day. In an epilogue, McGee sums up the history of criticism of Hamlet, demonstrating the process by which the play gradually lost its Elizabethan bite.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 214 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 in

Published: September 10, 1987

Publisher: Yale University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300039883

ISBN - 13: 9780300039887

Found in: Shakespeare, Shakespeare

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The Elizabethan Hamlet

by Arthur Mcgee

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 214 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 in

Published: September 10, 1987

Publisher: Yale University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300039883

ISBN - 13: 9780300039887

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This original and provocative reinterpretation of Hamlet presents the play as the original audiences would have viewed it-a much bleaker, stronger, and more deeply religious play than it has usually been assumed to be. Arthur McGee draws a picture of a Devil controlled Hamlet in the damnable Catholic court of Elsinore, and he shows that the evil natures of the Ghost and of Hamlet himself were understood and accepted by the Protestant audiences of the day. In an epilogue, McGee sums up the history of criticism of Hamlet, demonstrating the process by which the play gradually lost its Elizabethan bite.
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