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Eight Hamlets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1070  Thursday, 9 June 2005

[1]     From:   Stephen C. Rose <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 Jun 2005 08:11:41 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1062 Eight Hamlets

[2]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 Jun 2005 08:16:21 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1062 Eight Hamlets

[3]     From:   Steve Roth <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 Jun 2005 09:19:55 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1057 Eight Hamlets

[4]     From:   John Ramsay <
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        Date:   Thursday, 09 Jun 2005 02:24:07 -0400
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From:           Stephen C. Rose <
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Jun 2005 08:11:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1062 Eight Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1062 Eight Hamlets

Bloom's all right. He believes people are not piano keys on a good day.
Goddard is best in my book.

"There is the eternal distinction between imagination, which actually
grasps reality, and
idealization, which merely tries to impose itself on it." -- HCG

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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Jun 2005 08:16:21 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1062 Eight Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1062 Eight Hamlets

David Bishop writes, "Another group of interesting comments. Restricting
this to the most prominent eight is hard."

You seem to not mention Bernard Grebanier's *the Heart of Hamlet* and I
am puzzled why not?  Who has done Grebanier better than he on Hamlet?

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

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From:           Steve Roth <
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Jun 2005 09:19:55 -0700
Subject: 16.1057 Eight Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1057 Eight Hamlets

I agree with others that Wilson (WHIH) is essential, and I think Stephen
Daedelus would fit very well in your collection.

This next doesn't fit your criteria, but since we're discussing the best
Hamlet criticism...

One that doesn't get much attention, and should IMHO, is Empson's
chapter on Hamlet in _Essays on Shakespeare_ (Cambridge, '86; you can
also find it in Cyrus Hoy's Norton Hamlet).

Empson goes at it by asking what Shakespeare would have been faced with
when updating an outdated and widely ridiculed play and genre. How does
he get away with it? The result is a quite brilliant insight into
Elizabethan audience expectations, the ever-elusive related issue of
auctorial intentions, and--most importantly for someone trying to
understand the play (especially the jokes)--what the original audiences
would have laughed at, and why.

The essay provides the best piece of "framing" through which to view
Hamlet that I'm aware of, and that in brief.

Steve

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From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Thursday, 09 Jun 2005 02:24:07 -0400
Subject: 16.1062 Eight Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1062 Eight Hamlets

C.S.Lewis "Hamlet: the prince or the poem" is worth considering.

John Ramsay

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