The Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Different Cultural and Historical Contexts

Ziad Abushalha


This study aims at examining why Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been adapted and appropriated in different historical and cultural contexts. The study begins by introducing the reasons behind adapting this play and how the play’s thematic variety and its deep tackling of controversial philosophical, social, political and human issues, that interest everyone from different cultures and times, are the reasons that made it transcultural. The study then tries to trace the journey of adapting Hamlet through history starting from the seventeenth century up to postmodern era. After that, it dwells on examples from different cultural contexts such as Europe, Asia and Africa, Canada and many other places to prove the play’s universality. The study also includes many examples of cinematic, poetic and cartoony adaptations of the play to indicate the ability of the play to adjust itself to different artistic and cultural mediums.

Keywords: adaptations, appropriations, transculturalism

DOI: 10.7176/JLLL/56-04

Publication date:May 31st 2019

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