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Minds at work: writing, acting, watching, reading Hamlet

Minds at work: writing, acting, watching, reading Hamlet
Minds at work: writing, acting, watching, reading Hamlet
The chapter explores writers’ and actors’ techniques for creating a sense of a conscious character in the minds of readers and spectators. This includes Shakespeare’s exploitation of the potential of the actor’s ‘part’ for the expression of conflicting points of view. It demonstrates that Shakespeare’s vivid simulation of Hamlet’s mind at work arises not just from what the character himself does and says but from an immanent Hamlet-ness in the writing even before he appears onstage. The sense of Hamlet the character cannot exist without Hamlet the play.
139-161
Palgrave Macmillan
King, Ros
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Budra, Paul
Werier, Clifford
King, Ros
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Budra, Paul
Werier, Clifford

King, Ros (2016) Minds at work: writing, acting, watching, reading Hamlet. In, Budra, Paul and Werier, Clifford (eds.) Shakespeare and Consciousness. (Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance, , (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-59541-6_7)) Basingstoke, GB. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 139-161. (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-59541-6_7).

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The chapter explores writers’ and actors’ techniques for creating a sense of a conscious character in the minds of readers and spectators. This includes Shakespeare’s exploitation of the potential of the actor’s ‘part’ for the expression of conflicting points of view. It demonstrates that Shakespeare’s vivid simulation of Hamlet’s mind at work arises not just from what the character himself does and says but from an immanent Hamlet-ness in the writing even before he appears onstage. The sense of Hamlet the character cannot exist without Hamlet the play.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 September 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 April 2016
Published date: 25 May 2016
Organisations: Faculty of Humanities

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Local EPrints ID: 385094
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/385094
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Date deposited: 21 Jan 2016 12:06
Last modified: 15 Jan 2021 17:32

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Author: Ros King
Editor: Paul Budra
Editor: Clifford Werier

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