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Master of Arts
As an icon of drama and culture, William Shakespeare was the target of the Romantic genre of the burlesque or travesty. This study concentrates specifically on Shakespeare`s Hamlet and John Poole`s Hamlet Travestie: In Three Acts (1810) in order to indicate the ways in which this travesty functions as a distorting mirror of the tragedy. By investigating the transformation of soliloquies into songs and the subsequent dilution of their seriousness in Hamlet Travestie, I will argue that there is a thematic defamiliarization of the content. This thesis examines the deformed image of Hamlet reflected by Hamlet Travestie and, in doing so, identifies the formal features of burlesque or travesty.
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