John Barrymore's influence on screen and stage in the early
twentieth century is incalculable. His performances in the theatre
defined Shakespeare for a generation, and his transition to cinema
brought his theatrical performativity to both silent and sound
screens. This book, a collection of fifteen original essays on the
film performances and stardom of John Barrymore, redresses this
lack of scholarship on Barrymore by offering a range of varied
perspectives on the actor's work. Looking at his performances and
influence from the perspectives of gender studies, psychoanalysis,
queer studies and performance analysis, Hamlet Lives in Hollywood
represents a major attempt by contemporary scholars to come to
terms with the ongoing vitality of John Barrymore's work in our
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