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Hamlet's Arab Journey: Shakespeare's Prince and Nasser's Ghost

Margaret Litvin


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. This book 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, the book also illuminates the “to be or not to be” politics that have turned Shakespeare's tragedy into the essential Arab politic ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Hamlet, Arabic theatre, Arab politics, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Gamal Abdel Nasser

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691137803
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691137803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Litvin, author
Boston University