Neil Taylor is Dean of Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Roehampton University. He has edited Henry IV, Part 2 and (with Brian Loughrey) Thomas Middleton: Five Plays. He has also published widely on editing Shakespeare, Shakespeare on film, and other aspects of Renaissance and modern drama.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
General editorsâ preface
The challenges of Hamlet
Â Â Â The challenge of acting Hamlet
Â Â Â The challenge of editing Hamlet
Â Â Â The challenge to the greatness of Hamlet: Hamlet versus Lear
Hamlet in our time
Â Â Â The soliloquies and the modernity of Hamlet
Â Â Â Hamlet and Freud
Â Â Â Reading against the Hamlet tradition
Hamlet in Shakespeareâs time
Â Â Â Hamlet at the turn of the century
Â Â Â The challenge of dating Hamlet
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Was there an earlier Hamlet play?
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Are there any early references to Shakespeareâs play?
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Can we date Hamlet in relation to other contemporary plays?
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Hamletâs first performances
The story of Hamlet
Â Â Â Murder most foul
Â Â Â An antic disposition
Â Â Â âSentencesâ, speeches and thoughts
The composition of Hamlet
Â Â Â The quartos and the Folio
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The quartos
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The First Folio
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The relationship of Q2 to Q1
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The relationship of F to Q2
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â What, then, of Q1?
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Editorial practice
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Why a three-text edition?
Hamlet on stage and screen
Â Â Â Hamlet and his points
Â Â Â Enter the director
Â Â Â Hamlet and politics
Â Â Â Hamlet meets Fielding, Goethe, Dickens and others
Â Â Â Hamlet and women novelists
Â Â Â Prequels and sequels
The continuing mystery of Hamlet
THE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK (The Second Quarto, 1604-5)
Appendix 1: Folio-only passages
Appendix 2: Textual discussion
Appendix 3: Editorial conventions, sample edited passages and a comparison of scenes across the three texts
Appendix 4: The act division at 3.4/4.1
Appendix 5: Casting
Appendix 6: Music
Abbreviations and references
Â Â Â Abbreviations used in notes
Â Â Â Works by and partly by Shakespeare
Â Â Â Editions of Shakespeare collated
Â Â Â Other works cited
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