Oxford Literature Companions: Hamlet

Oxford Literature Companions: Hamlet

By Anna Beer
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Book Description

Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companions provide student-friendly analysis of a range of popular A Level set texts. Each book offers a lively, engaging approach to the text, covering characterisation and role, genre, context, language, themes, structure, performance and critical views, whilst also providing a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work wtih the text. Each book
also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which provides detailed advice on assessment and a bank of exam-style questions and annotated sample student answers. This guide covers Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Table of Contents
  • Front Cover
  • Title Page
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Plot and Structure
    • Plot
    • Structure
  • Context
    • Biography of William Shakespeare
    • Revenge in Shakespeare’s time
    • Ghosts, Heaven and Hell
    • Suicide
    • Women and gender
    • Friendships between men
    • Shakespeare’s sources
  • Genre
    • Tragedy
    • Revenge tragedy
    • History and tragedy
    • Comic elements
  • Characterization and Roles
    • Main characters
    • Minor characters
  • Language
    • Soliloquies
    • Repetition
    • Imagery
    • Symbolism
    • Blank verse
    • Prose
  • Themes
    • Seeming and the nature of reality
    • Theatre and acting
    • Fathers
    • Death
    • Revenge
    • Madness
    • Women’s frailties
    • Masculinity and heroism
    • Politics
  • Performance
    • Hamlet in Shakespeare’s time: the Globe Theatre
    • Hamlet in the 18th and 19th centuries
    • Hamlet in the 20th and 21st centuries
    • Ophelia in performance
    • From text to performance
  • Critical Views
    • Hamlet and the question of delay
    • Queer readings
    • Feminist criticism
    • Historical criticism
    • Interiority
    • The text(s) of Hamlet
    • Political criticism
  • Skills and Practice
    • Exam skills
    • Sample questions
    • Sample answers
  • Glossary and Further reading
  • Back Cover
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