Graduate Research Paper
Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and most often (mis-)quoted works. The central and titular character has likewise been an endless source of academic and artistic inquiry and exploration since nearly the creation of the work itself. However, this paper argues that a crucial and enlightening piece of the puzzle has, until recently, been left unexplored for the most part, considered a frivolous or non-serious pursuit: Hamlet’s and Hamlet’s queerness. Using historical research and evidence, close readings of the text, and examples of recent productions that have taken this element seriously, this paper argues that to fully understand the depth of the play and the character, one must encounter the text through a queer lens. In addition, Shakespeare’s status as a queer man in history, and the legacy of his work in the intervening centuries, are discussed and outlined as part of the queertinuum, a term founded, outlined, and described within this paper.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Master's Degree Exam
Adelante, Beck O.
"In This Harsh World, We Continue to Draw Breath: Queer Persistence in Shakespeare and Hamlet,"
Access*: Interdisciplinary Journal of Student Research and Scholarship: Vol. 5:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.tacoma.uw.edu/access/vol5/iss1/5
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