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Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Controversies of Self$
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John Lee

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185048.001.0001

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Fear and Wonder

Fear and Wonder

(p.34) 2 Fear and Wonder
Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Controversies of Self

John Lee

Oxford University Press

‘Who's there?’ is central to New Historicists' self-definition; who they say they are, what they say they are about, and how they say they are going to carry that out. The question should provide the focus of their critical drama — a ‘whodunit’ with a novel twist, if the notices are to be believed, in which the villain is not the butler but nobody. This chapter turns to that critical drama, mindful that notices, particularly those written by the performing company, are not always accurate.

Keywords:   New Historicists, New Historicism, self-definition, self

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