Shakespeare's First Tetralogy, Epic Poetry, and Historiography: How a Dramatist Creates a Fictional World

Author: Chopoidalo, Cindy
This monograph is a fresh investigation of both the sources for and adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Dr. Chopoidalo notes that Shakespeare adapted many of his works from existing historical or literary sources, in this case, Saxo Grammaticus’legendary Amleth in Historiae Danicae, Bellforest’s Histoires Tragiques, and Seneca with the subsequent Elizabethan and Jocabean revenge dramas, the first of these being Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy.


“The author is extremely thorough…the application of some recent literary-critical theories, including the work of Kripke, Dolezel and Lanier…[makes] it a useful contribution to scholarship.”
-Dr. Michael Egan
Cambridge University,

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Adaptations, Fictional Worlds, and Historical Worlds
Chapter 2. Shakespeare and the Elements of Adaptation and World-Making
Chapter 3. From History to Epic to History Play
Chapter 4. Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy and / as Historical Epic
Works Cited