Hamlet: Third Series

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Cengage Learning EMEA, Mar 21, 2006 - Drama - 613 pages
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The core of the ground-breaking, three text edition, this self-contained, free-standing volume gives readers the Second Quarto text (1604-5) and includes in its Introduction, notes and Appendices all the reader might expect to find in any standard Arden edition. As well as a full, illustrated Introduction to the play's historical, cultural and performance contexts and a thorough survey of critical approaches to the play, an appendix contains the additional passages found only in the 1623 text."The new Arden Hamlet is a pathbreaking edition, one that promises to change irrevocably our understanding of Shakespeare's greatest play."- Professor James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare'Hamlet's latest editors have undertaken a heroic task with great skill and thoroughnesss.' - Stanley Wells, The Observer"(The) new Arden Hamlet is quite simply the most comprehensive edition of the play currently available, a status I suspect it will enjoy for many years to come" - The British Theatre Guide"Stunning! There is absolutely no doubt about this being the text to buy if you are studying the play at A Level. And the same stands for those students who will be studying the play at university. This critical edition gives the reader the Second Quarto Text (1604-1605), annotated with intelligence and care, a wealth of historical and cultural references and a survey of different critical approaches to the play."- The Use of English, The English Association
 

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User Review  - Cynthia Christine - Goodreads

Early June reflection: The more times I read Hamlet, the more intrigued I am, each time through with a different focus. Currently, I wonder if an argument could be made that Shakespeare was critiquing ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
The challenge of acting Hamlet
2
The challenge of editing Hamlet
8
Hamlet versus Lear
13
Hamlet in our time
17
The soliloquies and the modernity of Hamlet
18
Hamlet and Freud
26
Reading against the Hamlet tradition
32
The continuing mystery of Hamlet
132
The Second Quarto 16045
139
Folioonly passages
465
The nature of the texts
474
The First Folio
482
The quartos and folios after 1623
485
Modern editors at work
486
The written text
487

Hamlet in Shakespeares time
36
The challenge of dating Hamlet
43
Was there an earlier Hamlet play?
44
Are there any early references to Shakespeares play?
47
Can we date Hamlet in relation to other contemporary plays?
49
Hamlets first performances
53
The story of Hamlet
59
An antic disposition
64
Sentences speeches and thoughts
70
The composition of Hamlet
74
The First Folio
78
The relationship of Q2 to Q1
80
The relationship of F to Q2
82
What then Q1?
85
Editorial practice
87
Why a threetext edition?
91
Hamlet on stage and screen
95
Enter the director
109
Hamlet and polities
115
Novel Hamlets
122
Hamlet and women novelists
126
Prequels and sequels
131
The performed text
493
The printed text
494
The multiple text
496
A common position?
500
Our procedure as editors of Hamlet
506
Editorial principles
509
Lineation and punctuation
518
Textual Tables
523
Editorial conventions and sample passages
533
Textual notes
534
Sample passages
536
The act division at 3441
543
The theatrical tradition
548
Our decisions for the new Arden Hamlet
551
Casting
553
Music
566
Abbreviations and references
569
Editions of Shakespeare collated
571
Other works cited
576
Index
599
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About the author (2006)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time.

ANN THOMPSON is Professor of English and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre and King's College London