Overview - "The Actors' Gallery" presents famous actors and actresses--among them Sarah Bernhardt, Ellen Terry, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Kenneth Branagh, and Jude Law--reflecting on their roles in major productions of Hamlet for stage and screen. Read more...
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"The Actors' Gallery" presents famous actors and actresses--among them Sarah Bernhardt, Ellen Terry, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Kenneth Branagh, and Jude Law--reflecting on their roles in major productions ofHamlet for stage and screen. "Contexts" includes generous selections from the Bible, Greek (Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides) and Roman (Seneca) tragedies, Saxo Grammaticus, Dante, Thomas More, and Thomas Kyd. "Criticism" reprints a wide range of historical and scholarly commentary including English critics (John Dryden, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Samuel Johnson), European and Russian writers (Voltaire, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Leo Tolstoy), and Americans (John Quincy Adams, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln). Recent scholarly writing takes various approaches toHamlet--mythic (Gilbert Murray), psychoanalytic (Ernest Jones), comparativist (Harry Levin), feminist (Elaine Showalter), and New Historicist (Stephen Greenblatt), among others. An engaging selection ofHamlet's "Afterlives" includes the seventeenth-century Der Bestrafte Brudermord; David Garrick's altered stage version; comic reflections by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Tom Stoppard; and selections from Heinrich Muller's postmodern nightmare (Hamletmachine), Jawad al Assadi's cynical Arab adaptation (Forget Hamlet), and John Updike's haunting novel (Gertrude and Claudius). A Selected Bibliography is also included.
- ISBN-13: 9780393929584
- ISBN-10: 0393929582
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
- Publish Date: October 2010
- Page Count: 397
- Dimensions: 8.34 x 5.24 x 0.86 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Series: Norton Critical Editions