Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Hamlet's ChoiceReligion and Resistance in Shakespeare's Revenge Tragedies$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Peter Lake

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300247817

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300247817.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 14 June 2021

The generic matrix Revenge tragedy, history play, murder pamphlet and conversion narrative

The generic matrix Revenge tragedy, history play, murder pamphlet and conversion narrative

Chapter:
(p.98) 5 The generic matrix Revenge tragedy, history play, murder pamphlet and conversion narrative
Source:
Hamlet's Choice
Author(s):

Peter Lake

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300247817.003.0006

This chapter processes a variety of different sorts of contemporary concerns, such as political, confessional and religious issues. It examines how William Shakespeare's plays elicit from its audience and then manipulates a series of narrative expectations derived from a range of different contemporary genres. It also looks into the irruptive intervention of the ghost that has cut Hamlet off from the values and traditions out of which the narrative quest for life is sustained. The chapter points out how the play has utterly undermined all the canons of Renaissance humanist assumption that had hitherto underpinned Hamlet's existence and sense of himself as an actor or social, political and moral agent in the world. It also explains how Hamlet exploits the void by offering the audience a variety of different sorts of story or narrative template with which to make sense of what is happening to the characters.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, contemporary genres, ghost, Hamlet, Renaissance humanist, narrative template

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.