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Book Title: Stay, Illusion!|
The author of the book: Simon Critchley
Date of issue: January 1st 2013
ISBN 13: 9781299667433
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The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the ghost haunts Shakespeare's melancholy Dane. Arguably, no literary work is more familiar to us. Everyone knows at least six words from "Hamlet, " and most people know many more. Yet the play--Shakespeare's longest--is more than "passing strange," and it becomes even more complex when considered closely.
Reading "Hamlet" alongside other writers, philosophers, and psychoanalysts--Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Freud, Lacan, Nietzsche, Melville, and Joyce--Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster go in search of a particularly modern drama that is as much about ourselves as it is a product of Shakespeare's imagination. They also offer a startling interpretation of the action onstage: it is structured around "nothing"--or, in the enigmatic words of the player queen, "it nothing must."
From the illusion of theater and the spectacle of statecraft to the psychological interplay of inhibition and emotion, "Hamlet" discloses the modern paradox of our lives: how thought and action seem to pull against each other, the one annulling the possibility of the other. As a counterweight to Hamlet's melancholy paralysis, Ophelia emerges as the play's true hero. In her madness, she lives the love of which Hamlet is incapable.
Avoiding the customary cliches about the timelessness of the Bard, Critchley and Webster show the timely power of "Hamlet" to cast light on the intractable dilemmas of human existence in a world that is rotten and out of joint.
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Read information about the authorSimon Critchley (born 27 February 1960 in Hertfordshire) is an English philosopher currently teaching at The New School. He works in continental philosophy. Critchley argues that philosophy commences in disappointment, either religious or political. These two axes may be said largely to inform his published work: religious disappointment raises the question of meaning and has to, as he sees it, deal with the problem of nihilism; political disappointment provokes the question of justice and raises the need for a coherent ethics [...]
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