The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0806  Thursday, 14 March 2002

From:           Lucia A. Setari <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 13 Mar 2002 09:34:13 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 13.07377 Re: Hamlet (Once More)
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.07377 Re: Hamlet (Once More)

 Mike Jensen wrote:

> Do you really think a plot cannot have an aspect
> where a character
> wonders who committed a killing without putting the
> plot in the
> detective/mystery genre?  Are writers so vulnerable
> to later
> interpretations that this claim is fair?  Aside from
> that, what do these
> plays really have in common with Agatha Christie or
> Dashiell Hammett?
> I'll answer my own question: virtually nothing.

It goes without saying that Oedipus Rex (and Hamlet as well) CANNOT be
defined as detective stories.  They belong to most different cultural
conditions and deal with quite different questions from Agatha

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