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Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Controversies of Self

John Lee


This book offers a new approach to the discussion of English Renaissance literary subjectivity. Dissatisfied with much New Historicist and Cultural Materialistic criticism, it attempts to trace the history of the controversies of self. William Hazlitt emerges as a pioneering figure in a tradition of literary criticism, which this book tries to advance. Drawing on the personal construct theory of George A. Kelly, and on the moral theory of Alasdair MacIntyre, the textual ways are traced by which ‘that within’ Hamlet is constructed. In an argument that challenges some of the founding proposition ... More

Keywords: English Renaissance, Shakespeare, Hamlet, New Historicist criticism, Cultural Materialistic criticism, self, William Hazlitt, George A. Kelly, Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198185048
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Lee, author
University of Bristol