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What is the relationship between the practices of New Historicism and New Criticism ?

A. New Historicism was a reaction against New Criticism, which was seen as too narrowly focused on text rather than context.

B. Both fields of literary study are American in origin.

C. New Historicism is simply an early form of Cultural Materialism.

D. Both fields of study are strictly focused on how readers interpret and invent meanings for literary texts.

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In “Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays”, what does William Hazlitt mean when he states the following: “We do not like to see our author’s plays acted, and least of all, ’Hamlet’. There is no play that suffers so much in being transferred to the stage” ?

A. Hamlet cannot be staged properly because of the complexity of the play’s use of language.

B. Hamlet is not relevant to the Romantic age.

C. The role of Hamlet cannot be properly played by any actor.

D. Hamlet is a work that was written to be read, not performed.