n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Recognising Hamlet
|Article Title||Recognising Hamlet|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||13 - 26|
The idea of my writing about Hamlet failed to impress at least one potential reader: a novelist friend of mine dismissed with a cynical quip any expertise I might have hoped to imply in telling her the subject of my research: "Everyone is an expert on Hamlet - anyone who has had a minor Oedipal temper tantrum." Though scholars would not necessarily be so quick to dismiss Hamlet's turmoil, there is indeed something about the play that is deeply familiar. Commenting on the language and preoccupations of the play, Marjorie Garber writes that "the experience of Hamlet is almost always that of recognition ... It could be said that in the context of modern culture - global culture as well as Anglophone culture - one never does encounter Hamlet 'for the first time'."
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