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Alastair Fowler

2 March 1989
Shakespeare’s Scepticism 
by Graham Bradshaw.
Harvester, 269 pp., £32.50, June 1987, 0 7108 0604 3
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The Elizabethan Hamlet 
by Arthur McGee.
Yale, 211 pp., £14.95, November 1987, 0 300 03988 3
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... scepticism does not go nearly far enough: failing, for example, to explore the wider, but not unlimited, range of possible Elizabethan views (and consequent additional ambiguities) opened by RolandMushatFrye in his invaluable The Renaissance Hamlet. Was Hamlet’s attitude recognisably Papist, or Protestant but ‘infected’ with lingering traditional ideas? Were not Shakespeare’s Papist ...

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Michael Neve

17 October 1985
Hamlet Closely Observed 
by Martin Dodsworth.
Athlone, 316 pp., £18, July 1985, 0 485 11283 3
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Hamlet 
edited by Philip Edwards.
Cambridge, 245 pp., £15, June 1985, 9780521221511
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The Renaissance Hamlet: Issues and Responses in 1600 
by Roland Mushat Frye.
Princeton, 398 pp., £23.75, December 1983, 0 691 06579 9
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... S. Eliot, who famously warned against identifying critics who, through a weakness of creative power, ‘often find in Hamlet a vicarious existence for their own artistic realisation’. Part of R.M. Frye’s purpose, in his superbly researched Renaissance Hamlet, is to protect against the danger of spurious, and vicarious, identifications. It is part of the merit of Frye’s book that he shows how ...

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