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Introduction

  • Robert Sawyer
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Abstract

This chapter begins with the closet scene in Hamlet showing how the encounter between the Prince and Gertrude can be read as a productive period bounded by destruction and determination on both sides; I go on to argue that the Interwar era was equally positioned. Instead of the dried, barren earth depicted by T. S. Eliot and others in the 1920s and 1930s, I suggest the literary landscape of the Interwar era resembled a paradoxically fertile wasteland, particularly in relation to Shakespearean scholarship and production. Using theorists such as Walter Benjamin and Freddie Rokem, I show how the merging of performance and literary criticism of Shakespeare produces “memorable” results.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Sawyer
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  1. 1.Literature and LanguageEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityUSA

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