Hamlet's Transformation (1999)

King Claudius believes that prince Hamlet suffers from a transformation of his inner and outer self. The parts refer to the two components of the prince's personification of the New Astronomy comprising a heliocentric planetary system and an infinite universe. Claudius personifies the bounded geocentric model of his namesake Ptolemy, which is why he summons Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to assist him in restoring Hamlet's health, where the two courtiers bearing the names of the great-great-grandparents of Tycho Brahe, represent that astronomer's version of a bounded geocentricism. This work was published thanks to Nina Green's recommendation to Gary Goldstein, founder and editor of The Elizabethan Review. Without the intercession of these members of The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, I may have had to rely solely on the abstract of a paper presented two years earlier and presented to the American Astronomical Society (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/1997AAS...191.3501U/abstract).

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Work Title Hamlet's Transformation (1999)
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  1. Peter D. Usher
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  1. solar system
  2. Hamlet
  3. infinite universe
  4. Shakespeare
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Work Type Research Paper
Deposited August 07, 2019

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