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Table of Contents
About the Series
About This Volume
PART I. HAMLET: THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [1974 text, with notes, from The Riverside Shakespeare, edited by G. Blakemore Evans]
Notes on the Text
PART II. HAMLET: A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM
A Critical History of Hamlet
Feminist Criticism and Hamlet
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
Elaine Showalter, Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism
Psychoanalytic Criticism and Hamlet
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Janet Adelman, "Man and Wife Is One Flesh": Hamlet and the Confrontation with the Maternal Body
Deconstruction and Hamlet
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructionist Perspective:
Marjorie Garber, Hamlet: Giving Up the Ghost
Marxist Criticism and Hamlet
What Is Marxist Criticism?
Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Marxist Perspective:
Michael D. Bristol, "Funeral-Bak'd-Meats": Carnival and the Carnivalesque in Hamlet
New Historicism and Hamlet
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
Karin S. Coddon, "Suche Strange Desygns": Madness, Subjectivity, and Treason in Hamlet and Elizabethan Culture
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors