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Eight Hamlets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1053  Monday, 6 June 2005

[1] From:               Scot Zarela <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 08:31:43 -0700
Subject: Eight Hamlets
Comment:        SHK 16.1042 Eight Hamlets

[2] From:               Michael B. Luskin <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 10:18:34 EDT
Subject: 16.1042 Eight Hamlets
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[3] From:               Alan Horn <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 11:51:22 EDT
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[4] From:               Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 07:50:06 -0700 (PDT)
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[5] From:               D Bloom <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 14:37:41 -0500
Subject: 16.1042 Eight Hamlets
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[6] From:               Richard Regan <
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Date:           Saturday, 04 Jun 2005 01:15:41 -0400
Subject: 16.1042 Eight Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1042 Eight Hamlets

[7] From:               Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Sunday, 5 Jun 2005 15:00:17 EDT
Subject:        Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 2 Jun 2005 to 3 Jun 2005


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From:           Scot Zarela <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 08:31:43 -0700
Subject: Eight Hamlets
Comment:        SHK 16.1042 Eight Hamlets

I think a lot of people-with a non-specialist interest in theater-carry
a suspicion that there's something wrong with "Hamlet"-great play,
arguably the greatest, but something not quite right.  And I think Eliot
remains the first critic they turn to for support when they want to look
into that wrongness.  Even if they end by differing from him....  Looks
like influence to me.

-- Scot

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From:           Michael B. Luskin <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 10:18:34 EDT
Subject: 16.1042 Eight Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1042 Eight Hamlets

<< Harold Bloom >>

Does Harold Bloom have any influence or depth at all at all?  I think he
is the shallow and breathless Walter Winchell of Shakespeare.  I also
think his books are more meant to demonstrate his brilliance than his
subjects'.

You don't say who comprises your audience.  If the book is meant for
interested but not scholarly people like me, I would also include
Bradley, Hazlitt, definitely G. Wilson Knight, Arthur Quiller Couch, and
whoever it is who wrote Prefaces to Shakespeare, they all taught me a
lot.  I just read Carole Spurgeon's book on imagery, and found the
organization odd, but the book interesting.  There might be a place for
some of it in your book.

Michael B. Luskin

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From:           Alan Horn <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 11:51:22 EDT
Subject: 16.1042 Eight Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1042 Eight Hamlets

One vote for Graham Bradshaw.

Alan Horn

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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 07:50:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1042 Eight Hamlets [Nine?}
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1042 Eight Hamlets [Nine?}

David Bishop writes, "I'm planning a book tentatively called Eight
Hamlets. It will analyze and compare eight of the most prominent
readings of the play. By prominent I mean a combination of public fame
(as far as one can speak of fame here) and professional influence. The
critic should have a book or essay on Hamlet that considers the whole
play...Here is my first draft of the eight. 1. Harold Bloom 2. Stephen
Greenblatt 3. Marjorie Garber 4. Northrop Frye 5. A.C. Bradley 6.
Freud's legacy: Stanley Cavell and Janet Adelman 7. Jan Kott 8. Harold
Goddard...I'd appreciate any thoughts."

Better call it Nine Hamlets and include 9 Bernard Grebanier aka *The
Heart of Hamlet*!

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Jun 2005 14:37:41 -0500
Subject: 16.1042 Eight Hamlets
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.1042 Eight Hamlets

Eliot: Definitely not. Probably the dumbest thing he ever wrote. It made
me seriously question the usefulness of that "objective correlative." I
still do.

What about D. A. Traversi?

Lily B. Campbell?

I hauled out dear old Campbell, and a list of other authors included
Una-Ellis-Fermor, E. E. Stoll, and Irving Ribner.

My Norton also includes G. Wilson Knight, Harry Levin, Arnold Kettle,
and William Empson among others

These all go back a ways, so that many are not so available on
bookshelves any more, but they are both jargon-free and remarkably
readable. Those people could WRITE.

Cheers,
don

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Date:           Saturday, 04 Jun 2005 01:15:41 -0400
Subject: 16.1042 Eight Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1042 Eight Hamlets

Maynard Mack's "The World of Hamlet" is arguably the best article on the
play.

Richard Regan
Fairfield University

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From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Sunday, 5 Jun 2005 15:00:17 EDT
Subject:        Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 2 Jun 2005 to 3 Jun 2005 (#2005-92)

About David Bishop's list:  though it is not as widely known as it
should be, I'd suggest that anyone interested in HAMLET and
Shakespeare's approaches to tragedy might want to look at Michael Long,
THE UNNATURAL SCENE.  His material on HAMLET is wonderful, practical,
graceful.  Same-same for what he says about LEAR, A&C, MACBETH, R&J, and
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA.

Steve Urkowitz

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