• 5. Hamlet: Courtly Revenge and Chivalric Succession, in Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance, 2nd ed

    Author(s):
    Michael L. Hays (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Renaissance / Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare, Shakespearean Dramatic Genres
    Subject(s):
    Chivalry, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    exile and return, Single Combat, Shakespeare
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6ZK55K84
    Abstract:
    Chapter 5: Hamlet: Courtly Revenge and Chivalric Succession sets Hamlet’s confusion about the appeal of a chivalric figure as a figure of justice and the ghost’s injunction to courtly revenge for adultery and incest at least as much as murder, in the larger context of the struggle between Denmark and Norway. Whatever befalls Hamlet occurs in the larger narrative of Fortinbras’s exile after his father’s defeat, his response to guidance, and his return to Denmark to resume his rightful position as its ruler.
    Notes:
    This chapter is part of a revised and enlarged second edition of “Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance: Rethinking Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear,” (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2003). After two printings, the first edition soon went out of print. The publisher had excluded the appendix to reduce costs and declined a second edition to include it. I have published this edition elsewhere since 2014 and here in 2018 to make the book with the appendix available for free.
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