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Hamlet and Emotions

  • Paul Megna
  • Bríd Phillips
  • R.S. White

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Bríd Phillips, Paul Megna
    Pages 1-14
  3. ‘Between who?’ Influences and Inter-texts

  4. ‘I know not “seems”’ Expression and Sensation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Dympna Callaghan
      Pages 135-159
  5. ‘this quintessence of dust’ Character

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Bradley J. Irish
      Pages 229-249
  6. ‘Remember me’ Performance and Adaptation

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-347

About this book

Introduction

This volume bears potent testimony, not only to the dense complexity of Hamlet’s emotional dynamics, but also to the enduring fascination that audiences, adaptors, and academics have with what may well be Shakespeare’s moodiest play. Its chapters explore emotion in Hamlet, as well as the myriad emotions surrounding Hamlet’s debts to the medieval past, its relationship to the cultural milieu in which it was produced, its celebrated performance history, and its profound impact beyond the early modern era. Its component chapters are not unified by a single methodological approach. Some deal with a single emotion in Hamlet, while others analyse the emotional trajectory of a single character, and still others focus on a given emotional expression (e.g., sighing or crying). Some bring modern methodologies for studying emotion to bear on Hamlet, others explore how Hamlet anticipates modern discourses on emotion, and still others ask how Hamlet itself can complicate and contribute to our current understanding of emotion.

Keywords

Affect Anger Love Hatred Grief Melancholy Despair Early modern theatre Renaissance History of emotions Shakespeare Hamlet

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Megna
    • 1
  • Bríd Phillips
    • 2
  • R.S. White
    • 3
  1. 1.ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of EmotionsThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of EmotionsThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  3. 3.ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of EmotionsThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03795-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03794-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03795-6
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