|Professor Heather Hirschfeld’s new edition of Hamlet was published in August of 2019 as a part of the New Cambridge Shakespeare series. This new edition was put together with students in mind, and its success is attested to in the interview below, from Cambridge University Press, in which Hirschfeld discusses the play in this edition with three undergraduate students, Rae Bernaola, Laura Chadwick, and Brooke Dedmon:|
Hirschfeld’s thorough introduction examines the history of performance and adaptation of the play through the years, starting with how its original audience would have perceived it in the revenge play tradition. She surveys its long tradition of interpretations in performance on stage and screen, as well as in scholarship, providing overviews of a number of different interpretive schema. The edition includes extensive notes, aimed at a student audience, as well as an updated reading list and useful appendices.
For those who want to see this scholarship in action, be sure to attend the Clarence Brown Theater’s spring production of Hamlet (2/26-3/15), for which Hirschfeld will be the dramaturg. It’s sure to be a great production, informed by the work she’s done on this edition.