the reception of Shakespeare's tragedy in us American and canadian narrative fiction
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.
Rippl, G. (2016)., Hamlet's mobility: the reception of Shakespeare's tragedy in us American and canadian narrative fiction, in I. Habermann & M. Witen (eds.), Shakespeare and space, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 229-255.
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