The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1646 Wednesday, 20 August 2003
Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2003 14:11:41 +0100
Subject: Ophelia Bibliography
I have added an "Ophelia Bibliography"
(http://shakespearean.org.uk/ophbib1.htm) to my website "Shakespeare
and His Critics". This is only a working draft at this stage, but
already contains 245 items. This Bibliography aims to list books,
essays, articles, dissertations, novels, plays and poems which are
centred on or deal extensively (or with great originality) with the
character of Ophelia from Shakespeare's "Hamlet", and which were written
in English or are available in English translation.
I would be very grateful if anybody with an interest in Ophelia would
take a look at the Bibliography, and let me know what they think. Any
additions, corrections, or suggestions would be very welcome. If you
have read or published any work on Ophelia (or have seen or written a
play about her that has been performed, whether published or not) which
is not included in the current Bibliography then please let me know by
I am particularly interested in hearing about original adaptations based
on Shakespeare's play - whether plays, novels, short stories, or poems -
which are centred on Ophelia or which give a significant rereading of
her place within the play (the last category includes works like "Der
Berstrafte Brudermord" [which gives a number of new comic scenes to
Ophelia] or W.S.Gilbert's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" [in which
Ophelia is rescued from Hamlet by the romantic attentions of the
attendant lords], but not works like Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern Are Dead" [in which Ophelia is a minor character with no
significant alterations from Shakespeare's play] nor performance scripts
which merely cut and edit the Shakespearean originals without adding
significant new material). I am interested in plays which deal
significantly with Ophelia even if they have been performed but never
Many thanks for any help that anybody can give me.
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