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Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness

Rhodri Lewis


This book is a radical new interpretation of the most famous play in the English language. By exploring Shakespeare's engagements with the humanist traditions of early modern England and Europe, the book reveals a Hamlet unseen for centuries: an innovative, coherent, and exhilaratingly bleak tragedy in which the governing ideologies of Shakespeare's age are scrupulously upended. The book establishes that life in Elsinore is measured not by virtue but by the deceptions and grim brutality of the hunt. It also shows that Shakespeare most vividly represents this reality in the character of Hamlet: ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, early modern England, Hamlet, early modern literature, early modern drama, early modern culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691204512
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691204512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rhodri Lewis, author
Princeton University