Flora de Giovanni University of Salerno
Abstract Written at the turn of the 16th century, in the fault lines of two cultural paradigms, Shakespeare’s Hamlet exemplifies the ways literature (theatre) intercepts the imaginary of Early Modern culture and history, voicing unexpressed collective fears and anxieties. In particular, I will focus on early modern collective perceptions of Time and Death which Hamlet explores thereby exposing the symptoms of the emerging capitalist bourgeoisie : the compulsiveness of labour and the deadliness of life underwritten by the entrepreneurial zeal of the new protestant subjects.
Alessandra Marzola taught English Literature at the universities of Bergamo, Parma and Torino. She has published books on Shakespeare (L’impossibile Puritanesimo di Amleto, 1984; La parola del mercante, 1996; Otello […]