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What doesn't happen in Hamlet

Loughnane, Rory (2019) What doesn't happen in Hamlet. Critical Survey, 31 (1-2). pp. 168-186. ISSN 0011-1570. (doi:10.3167/cs.2019.31010213) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:63452)

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W.W. Greg first identified the dumb show in Hamlet as problematic: if Claudius sees the dumb show, which replicates his murder of Old Hamlet in mime, then why does he not react until much later? Many explanations have been offered, and this article responds to (in title and argument) John Dover Wilson’s influential account in What Happens in Hamlet (1935) which inspired much further debate. First discussing the anomalous nature of the dumb show in Hamlet, before turning to the different versions of the dumb show as they appear in the three substantive texts of Hamlet, this article considers the nature and content of the information supplied by dumb shows and the critical arguments that can be developed from these slippery inset performances.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3167/cs.2019.31010213
Uncontrolled keywords: Shakespeare, Hamlet, quartos, drama
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Rory Loughnane
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2017 13:58 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 09:51 UTC
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