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Dating Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0735  Tuesday, 19 April 2005

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Apr 2005 13:39:09 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0721 Dating Hamlet

[2]     From:   Judy Prince <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Apr 2005 13:15:37 -0400
        Subj:   Dating Hamlet


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Apr 2005 13:39:09 +0100
Subject: 16.0721 Dating Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0721 Dating Hamlet

 >>Why not the present?
..

 >Why not all of the above? Shakespeare makes no bones about time or
 >setting.  1595 Londoners in 1251 BCE Athens! The actual setting of
 >Hamlet would appear to be circa 1040, the time period in which Elsinore
 >was the capitol of Denmark.
..
 >Colin Cox

A dash of cold rationality, and I think Colin Cox is close to where I'd
be if I weren't trying to defend the indefensible.

I think my basic point is that the Globe audience about 1600 would have
had to have had *some* sense of the temporal citing of +Hamlet+ -- when
would they imagine it to have been set, and what dramatic signals does
the play project to control this?

The eyrie of children (in F but not Q2) is a tricky point -- this only
makes sense in terms of contemporary London.

Alas.

On a perhaps related matter, would Edgar acting the part of a Bedlamite
Beggar in +Lear+ have been seen as contemporary (in English Renaissance
terms)?

Robin Hamilton

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From:           Judy Prince <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Apr 2005 13:15:37 -0400
Subject:        Dating Hamlet

I dated Hamlet, but I'm not telling when.

Judy

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