Women as Hamlet
Performance and Interpretation in Theatre, Film and Fiction
By (author) Tony Howard
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Women as Hamlet by Tony Howard
Book DescriptionThe first Hamlet on film was Sarah Bernhardt. Probably the first Hamlet on radio was Eve Donne. Ever since the late eighteenth century, leading actresses have demanded the right to play the role - Western drama's greatest symbol of active consciousness and conscience. Their iconoclasm, and Hamlet's alleged 'femininity', have fascinated playwrights, painters, novelists and film-makers from Eugene Delacroix and the Victorian novelist Mary Braddon to Angela Carter and Robert Lepage. Crossing national and media boundaries, this book addresses the history and the shifting iconic status of the female Hamlet in writing and performance. Many of the performers were also involved in radical politics: from Stalinist Russia to Poland under martial law, actresses made Hamlet a symbol of transformation or crisis in the body politic. On stage and film, women reinvented Hamlet from Weimar Germany to the end of the Cold War. This book aims to put their half-forgotten achievements centre-stage.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521864664
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A study of actresses playing the role of Hamlet on stage and screen.
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Author Biography - Tony Howard
Tony Howard is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Warwick.
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