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Mannerist Features in Hamlet


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Grujić, Leona. (2017). Mannerist Features in Hamlet. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Knežević, Borislav].

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This essay attempts to give an outline of the Mannerist features in Hamlet. We define Mannerism as a period in literary history between approximately 1520 and 1620, and identify three features which are found in all Mannerist literary works: a) the manipulation of literary conventions; b) the emphasis on the ambiguous relationship of the fictional and the real; c) self-reflexivity. We focus on Shakespeare's reworking of metrical conventions of the Elizabethan plays and the use of conventional imagery in his conceits, as well as the ambiguous, albeit self-reflexive, world of Hamlet, which contributes to the play's conceptual intricacy and to its representation of the world as an ultimately unanswerable puzzle, while simultaneously making the audience aware of the theatrical act and its own participation in it.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Knežević, Borislav
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 10:30
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 10:30

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