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作者 Litvin, Margaret
書名 "Hamlet"'s Arab journey: Adventures in political culture and drama (1952--2002)
國際標準書號 9780542710957
book jacket
說明 268 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-05, Section: A, page: 1748
Adviser: Joel Kraemer
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Chicago, 2006
This study traces the appropriations of Shakespeare's Hamlet in modern Arabic literature and Arab public culture. Drawing on methods from anthropology, literary history, and performance studies, I show how Hamlet came to the Arab world through a "global kaleidoscope" of models and has been deployed to serve a variety of rhetorical ends. Today's Arab polemicists tend to use "to be or not to be" as an urgent, collective call to arms. Such rhetoric relies on a shared image of Hamlet as a positive revolutionary hero, a martyr for justice in an out-of-joint world. Challenging the prevailing accounts of postcolonial literary appropriation, I argue that this image developed in the Egyptian theatre in the 1960s in dialogue with a broad array of international artistic models (particularly Soviet and Eastern versions) and in response to local political needs. The heroic Arab Hamlet enjoyed a brief heyday after 1970, only to wither by 1976 under a blistering post-political irony. Recent Arab offshoot plays have featured passive, silent anti-Hamlets as protagonists; instead, their imaginative center is a monstrous and self-justifying Claudius. Offering the first systematic account of Arab Hamlet appropriation, my study helps illuminate the shifting political reflexes and rhetorical strategies of twentieth-century intellectuals in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. By focusing on Hamlet himself as a political rewriter, it also highlights an often forgotten dimension of Shakespeare's text
School code: 0330
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-05A
主題 Literature, Comparative
Literature, Middle Eastern
Anthropology, Cultural
Literature, English
Alt Author The University of Chicago
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