• Big Leagues: Specters of Milton and Republican International Justice between Shakespeare and Marx

    Author(s):
    Christopher Warren (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Early modern studies, International relations, Shakespeare, World literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    17th Century, 19th Century, John Milton, Marxism, internationalism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6VW8W
    Abstract:
    Through Jacques Derrida’s extended discussion in Specters of Marx: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning and the New International, Shakespeare’s Hamlet has become “an exemplary text for thinking together about the current state of the world” (Royle). This article concerns Shakespeare’s Hamlet alongside Milton’s Paradise Lost as texts central to writing the “literary history of the International.” Whereas Derrida and Marx placed Hamlet at the center of their influential international visions, this article argues that the role of republicanism in forging international solidarity from the seventeenth-century onwards suggests that any literary history of the International ought also to include that key republican touchstone, Milton’s Paradise Lost. Against current critical consensus, however, it also argues that Paradise Lost’s republican internationalism developed through Milton’s own reading of Hamlet, and that Shakespeare himself may have been Milton’s “old mole.”
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    https://muse.jhu.edu/article/643492/pdf
    Journal:
    Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development
    Volume:
    7
    Start Page:
    365
    End Page:
    389
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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