Hamlet's Mobility: The Reception of Shakespeare's Tragedy in US-American and Canadian Narrative Fiction

Rippl, Gabriele (2016). Hamlet's Mobility: The Reception of Shakespeare's Tragedy in US-American and Canadian Narrative Fiction. In: Habermann, Ina; Witen, Michelle (eds.) Shakespeare and Space. Theatrical Explorations of the Spatial Paradigm (pp. 229-255). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 10.1057/978-1-137-51835-4_11

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This essay presents a comprehensive study of how Hamlet figures in North American fiction. Gabriele Rippl takes her cue from Stephen Greenblatt’s notion of Shakespeare’s ‘theatrical mobility’ (Greenblatt, Cultural Mobility. Cambridge University Press, 2010). This initial mobility, based on the playwright’s own borrowings, appears to facilitate, or even instigate further migrations. Rippl proceeds to give an overview of adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the USA and Canada, thus providing an insight into the historical and cultural uses to which the play has been put by authors such as John Updike or Margaret Atwood. Phenomena such as the ‘republicanization’ of Shakespeare (James Fenimore Cooper), or his appropriation for a feminist counter-discourse in Canada circumscribe a space for the negotiation of cultural and political identities.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > American Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Rippl, Gabriele

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 810 American literature in English

ISBN:

978-1-137-51835-4

Publisher:

Palgrave Macmillan

Language:

English

Submitter:

Leona Josefine Irmgard Goop

Date Deposited:

05 Apr 2016 13:49

Last Modified:

29 Jan 2019 13:39

Publisher DOI:

10.1057/978-1-137-51835-4_11

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.76814

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/76814

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