Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner considers what an interlude in Great Expectations involving a spectacularly bad production of Hamlet can do for Hamlet. Specifically, Pollack-Pelzner looks at what Dickens's rendering of Mr. Wopsle's travesty reveals about Hamlet's openness to an audience's derisive laughter. Wopsle’s production may be a travesty, but Dickens’s narrative of that production is a burlesque, with Hamlet as much its target as Wopsle.
Copyright © 2007 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in DICKENS QUARTERLY, Volume 24, Issue 2, June, 2007, pages 103-110.
Dickens's Hamlet burlesque.
Dickens Quarterly, 2007, volume 24, issue 2, pages 103-110
Pollack-Pelzner, Daniel, "Dickens's Hamlet Burlesque" (2007). Faculty Publications. Accepted Version. Submission 60.