The Resource Hamlet's perfection, William Kerrigan

Hamlet's perfection, William Kerrigan

Label
Hamlet's perfection
Title
Hamlet's perfection
Statement of responsibility
William Kerrigan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How does the rash yet serene Hamlet of Act 5 arise from the passive and grief-stricken Hamlet of Act 1? What path leads him from sickened thoughts of birth and incest to the certainty that thoughtfulness itself must be escaped through bold action? The roles of Senecan revenger and patient Christian may seem worlds apart, observes William Kerrigan, but Shakespeare fused them in a character that has fascinated the world for centuries. In his lively new study, Kerrigan celebrates both Hamlet's perfection, the character's creation of new ideals out of an inheritance of disillusionment, and Hamlet's perfection, the play's brilliance as Shakespeare's greatest tragedy. Kerrigan's approach reflects his interests in literary formalism, historical scholarship, intellectual history, and psychoanalysis. In an overview of the history of Hamlet criticism, Kerrigan argues that recent critics have done little or nothing to elucidate the play, and he suggests ways in which the abandoned tradition of Hamlet commentary might still inspire fruitful approaches to the play. He explores the phrase "good night" in terms of the play's nocturnal preoccupations of grief, melancholy, haunting, crime, and death. He moves from the division of day from night and good from evil to Hamlet's split apprehension of women and his attempt to "salvage purity from an initial conviction of general debasement." His final chapter treats the "self-revised" Hamlet of the final act
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kerrigan, William
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2807
LC item number
.K46 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Perfection in literature
  • Perfection dans la littérature
  • Hamlet, prince of Denmarke (Shakespeare)
  • Volmaaktheid
  • Perfection in literature
Label
Hamlet's perfection, William Kerrigan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [153]-171) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Hamlet in History: A Brief Polemical Guide from the Romantics to the Theorists -- 2. Hamlet's Good Night -- 3. A Woman's a Two-Face -- 4. Hamlet's Virgin -- 5. The Last Mystery
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvi, 179 pages
Isbn
9780801854682
Lccn
93020717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28336409
  • (OCoLC)ocm28336409
Label
Hamlet's perfection, William Kerrigan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [153]-171) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Hamlet in History: A Brief Polemical Guide from the Romantics to the Theorists -- 2. Hamlet's Good Night -- 3. A Woman's a Two-Face -- 4. Hamlet's Virgin -- 5. The Last Mystery
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvi, 179 pages
Isbn
9780801854682
Lccn
93020717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28336409
  • (OCoLC)ocm28336409

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