Horatio: Loyal Friend of Hamlet and Nutshell

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Abstract

This chapter considers two modern novels as adaptations of Hamlet. Horatio: Loyal Friend of Hamlet by Richard Coen (2006), as the title suggests, presents the story from the point of view of the arch-rationalist Horatio, though even he encounters irrational emotions by falling in love. Ian McEwan’s (Nutshell. Jonathan Cape, London, 2016) is an experimental novel which undoubtedly will find an enduring literary status into the future. Hamlet is copiously referenced in the novel and provides its title, ‘I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space […] ’. It is a creative rewriting of the play, drawing on the black wit in Hamlet itself, as well as on the play’s emotional substructure as a murder mystery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHamlet and emotions
EditorsPaul Megna, Brid Phillips, R. S. White
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter16
Pages317-334
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030037956
ISBN (Print)9783030037949
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2019

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NamePalgrave Shakespeare Studies
PublisherSpringer

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Mystery
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White, R. (2019). Horatio: Loyal Friend of Hamlet and Nutshell. In P. Megna, B. Phillips, & R. S. White (Eds.), Hamlet and emotions (pp. 317-334). (Palgrave Shakespeare Studies). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03795-6_16
White, Robert. / Horatio: Loyal Friend of Hamlet and Nutshell. Hamlet and emotions. editor / Paul Megna ; Brid Phillips ; R. S. White. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. pp. 317-334 (Palgrave Shakespeare Studies).
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White, R 2019, Horatio: Loyal Friend of Hamlet and Nutshell. in P Megna, B Phillips & RS White (eds), Hamlet and emotions. Palgrave Shakespeare Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 317-334. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03795-6_16

Horatio: Loyal Friend of Hamlet and Nutshell. / White, Robert.

Hamlet and emotions. ed. / Paul Megna; Brid Phillips; R. S. White. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 317-334 (Palgrave Shakespeare Studies).

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