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Author White, R. S., 1948-

Title Avant-garde Hamlet : text, stage, screen / R. S. White
Published Madison, [New Jersey] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; Lanham, Maryland : Copublished by Rowman and Littlefield, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 211 pages)
Series The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press series on Shakespeare and the stage
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press series on Shakespeare and the stage
Contents Aspects of avant-garde -- Avant-garde Hamlet: then and now -- Hamlet as avant-garde text -- Hamlet and avant-garde literature -- On stage: Hamlet and avant-garde theatre -- On screen: Hamlet and film genres -- Epilogue
Summary Hamlet stands as a high water mark of canonical art, yet it has equally attracted rebels and experimenters, those avant-garde writers, dramatists, performers, and filmmakers who, in their adaptations and appropriations, seek new ways of expressing innovative and challenging thoughts in the hope that they can change perceptions of their own world. One reason for this, as the book argues, is that the source text that is their inspiration was written in the same spirit. Hamlet as a work of art exhibits many aspects of the "vanguard" movements in every society and artistic milieux, an avant-garde vision of struggle against conformity, which retains an edge of provocative novelty. Accordingly, it has always inspired unorthodox adaptations and can be known by a neglected portion of the company it keeps, the avant-garde in every age. After placing Hamlet alongside "cutting edge" works in Shakespeare's time, such as Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, chapters deal with the ways in which experimental writers, theatre practitioners, and film-makers have used the play down to the present day to develop their own avant-garde visions. This is a part of the uncanny ability of Shakespeare's Hamlet to be "ever-now, ever-new."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Hamlet (Legendary character)
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Hamlet -- Dramatic production
Hamlet (Legendary character)
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Hamlet (Shakespeare, William)
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. -- Adaptations
DRAMA / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Theater.
Genre/Form Adaptations.
Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021678143
ISBN 1611478561
9781611478563