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Author Litvin, Margaret, 1974-

Title Hamlet's Arab Journey : Shakespeare's Prince and Nasser's Ghost
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (292 pages)
Series Translation/transnation
Contents Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface and Acknowledgments; Note on Transliteration and Translation; Introduction; 1 Hamlet in the Daily Discourse of Arab Identity; 2 Nasser's Dramatic Imagination, 1952-64; 3 The Global Kaleidoscope: How Egyptians Got Their Hamlet, 1901-64; 4 Hamletizing the Arab Muslim Hero, 1964-67; 5 Time Out of Joint, 1967-76; 6 Six Plays in Search of a Protagonist, 1976-2002; Epilogue: Hamlets without Hamlet; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary For the past five decades, Arab intellectuals have seen themselves in Shakespeare's Hamlet: their times "out of joint," their political hopes frustrated by a corrupt older generation. Hamlet's Arab Journey traces the uses of Hamlet in Arabic theatre and political rhetoric, and asks how Shakespeare's play developed into a musical with a happy ending in 1901 and grew to become the most obsessively quoted literary work in Arab politics today. Explaining the Arab Hamlet tradition, Margaret Litvin also illuminates the "to be or not to be" politics that have turned Shakespeare's tragedy into the ess
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Appreciation -- Arab countries.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Translations into Arabic -- History and criticism.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Hamlet.
Hamlet (Legendary character)
Arabic drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Arabic drama -- Egypt -- History and criticism.
Heroes in literature.
Politics in literature.
Egypt -- Civilization -- English influences.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691137803 (alk. paper)
1400840104 (electronic bk.)
6613280682 (electronic bk.)
9780691137803 (alk. paper)
9781400840106 (electronic bk.)
9786613280688 (electronic bk.)