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Hamlet's ChoiceReligion and Resistance in Shakespeare's Revenge Tragedies$
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Peter Lake

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300247817

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300247817.001.0001

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Hamlet with the confessional and succession politics left in

Hamlet with the confessional and succession politics left in

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Hamlet's Choice

Peter Lake

Yale University Press

This chapter concentrates on the play “Hamlet,” which is conventionally regarded as a revenge tragedy. It reviews the critical commentary that that centred on the topos of Hamlet's “delay” that was predicated upon that assumption. It also mentions the introduction of the genre called the Histories, in which the Folio dissolved the kinship between tragedy and history. The chapter examines how Hamlet speaks to contemporary political concerns and circumstances. It also describes staging of Hamlet from a crucial moment of dynastic change in Danish history, in which Denmark is portrayed as an elective monarchy. It also talks about the English monarchy that was essentially elective in its structure or considered as a free hereditary monarchy.

Keywords:   Hamlet, revenge tragedy, histories, Folio, Danish history, elective monarchy, English monarchy, hereditary monarchy

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