Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hamlet in My Mind's Eye

Michael Cohen, Hamlet in My Mind's Eye (University of Georgia Press, 1989).

Winner of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association book award.

Hamlet, Cohen suggests, is always in rehearsal for the reader. While the actor must give a character one voice, the reader can keep a number of interpretations of character in mind while moving through the play. The multiple readings in this book open the play up to reveal this manifold complexity, demonstrating how Hamlet may be read and performed in the mind’s eye—always its first and last theater.

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