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Textual Critique through the Artist's Eye: John Austen's Illustrated Hamlet

Moore, Luisa

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Textual Critique through the Artist's Eye: John Austen's Illustrated Hamlet explores the way in which the non-verbal, non-explicit mode of interpretation afforded by visual art allows a kind of free play to potentially subversive interpretations of characters' implied interiority in Shakespeare. It takes John Austen's highly aesthetic, art nouveau illustrated edition of Hamlet, dating to 1922, as a case study. Austen's images represent a distinctive contribution to critical debate surrounding...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMoore, Luisa
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-18T00:14:57Z
dc.date.available2021-02-18T00:14:57Z
dc.identifier.otherb71500984
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/223242
dc.description.abstractTextual Critique through the Artist's Eye: John Austen's Illustrated Hamlet explores the way in which the non-verbal, non-explicit mode of interpretation afforded by visual art allows a kind of free play to potentially subversive interpretations of characters' implied interiority in Shakespeare. It takes John Austen's highly aesthetic, art nouveau illustrated edition of Hamlet, dating to 1922, as a case study. Austen's images represent a distinctive contribution to critical debate surrounding the play, anticipating later critical and performative interpretations of the play. His illustrations present a dark prince almost unprecedented in visual art, present in the text but invisible to many of his contemporaries and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century forebears, a complicated and independent Ophelia, a diabolical Ghost, and host of disturbing, deeply symbolic, supernatural, feminine entities. Women are no longer relegated to the background in his Hamlet, as in so many onstage, visual artistic and filmic adaptations of the twentieth century; instead, they are granted a position centre-stage, with the Greek goddess Nemesis ("Vengeance") as their fierce, relentless champion.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.titleTextual Critique through the Artist's Eye: John Austen's Illustrated Hamlet
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.contributor.supervisorFlaherty, Kathryn Kate
local.contributor.supervisorcontactu5046038@anu.edu.au
dc.date.issued2021
local.contributor.affiliationCollege of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/GKZE-0F86
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