Hamlet without Hamlet by Margreta de GraziaHamlet without Hamlet by Margreta de Grazia

Hamlet without Hamlet

byMargreta de Grazia

Paperback | January 8, 2007

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'Hamlet' without Hamlet sets out to counter the modern tradition of abstracting the character Hamlet from the play. For over two centuries, Hamlet has been valued as the icon of consciousness: but only by ignoring the hard fact of his dispossession. By admitting that premise, this book brings the play to life around man's relation to land, from graves to estate to empire. Key preoccupations are thereby released, including the gendered imperatives of genealogy, and man's elemental affinity to dust. As de Grazia demonstrates from the 400 years of Hamlet's afterlife, such features have disappeared into the vortex of an interiorized Hamlet, but they remain in the language of the play as well as in the earliest accounts of its production. Once reactivated, a very different Hamlet emerges, one whose thoughts and desires are thickly embedded in the worldly, and otherworldly, matters of the play: a Hamlet within Hamlet.
Margreta de Grazia is Joseph B. Glossberg Term Professor in the Humanities, Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania.
Title:Hamlet without HamletFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:January 8, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521690366

ISBN - 13:9780521690362

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Table of Contents

Preface: Hamlet without Hamlet; 1. Modern Hamlet; 2. 'Old Mole': the modern Telos and the return to dust; 3. Empires of world history; 4. Generation and degeneracy; 5. Doomsday and domain; 6. Hamlet's delay; Select bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

""Hamlet" without Hamlet is an extraodinary effort to reapproach and even re-create Shakespeare's most famous play by forever exorcising the modern Hamlet from its archaic battlements....With an editor's ear for the variant, the lost meaning, the allusion, and the icon, de Grazia is a superb reader of words and phrases, including their distributing across the several texts of Hamlet....De Grazia's readings reach deeply into diverse strata of historical and literary materials while rhizomatically ramifying into discourses contemporary to Shakespeare....Her analyses will certainly find their way into new editions and commentaries..." --Julia Reinhard Lupton, University of California, Irvine, Modern Language Quarterly