New book publication
This month sees the publication of The Hamlet Zone: Reworking Hamlet for European Cultures edited and introduced by Ruth J. Owen. The book follows from the Cardiff conference Hamlet Reception in European Cultures which took place in the School in 2009.
The book examines how the myth of Hamlet has crossed back and forth over Europe’s linguistic borders for four hundred years, repeatedly reinvigorated by being bent to specific geo-political and cultural locations. The enquiries in this book show how, in the process of translation, adaptation and reinventing, Hamlet has become the common cultural currency of Europe.
From the back cover:
“A brilliantly lively volume which recontextualizes Hamlet from Portuguese theatre, to Russian ballet, Hungarian poetry, Spanish exile writing, German philosophical criticism, Swedish political drama and radical multimedia experiment. This constantly surprising and inspiring volume demonstrates, if there were any doubt, that Shakespeare is still a vital part of our global intellectual currency and Hamlet is at the very centre of the modern European imagination.” – Prof. Karen Leeder, New College, University of Oxford