Hamlet's Delay: A New Perspective on the Sphinx
- Joydeep Chakraborty (see profile)
- CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century, CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern, LLC 16th-Century English, LLC Shakespeare, TC Philosophy and Literature
- Drama, Early modern studies, Epistemology, Literature and philosophy, Literature and psychology
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- drama, early modern studies, literature and philosophy, psychoanalysis, renaissance
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- Abstract: This article poses a challenge to contemporary historicist tendency to silence significant semantic threads within Hamlet, attempts to restore our critical interest in the age-old problem of delay of the protagonist, and thus distinguish the text in itself from its historicised version. In doing so, my over-all argument proposes an alternative paradigm of critical inquiry by analysing the secondary literature on the issue of Hamlet’s delay, identifying their limitations, and then developing a new perspective with the help of epistemology, metaphysics and psychoanalysis. My approach stresses on the importance of a stable primary premise on the basis of which a number of valid deductions can be drawn in relation to the topic under discussion. Moreover, an important part of my critical paradigm is to make a painstaking effort to systematically expose Hamlet's largely hidden past forming the play’s subtext, his construction of the Self/Other binary and an increasingly prominent division within the self, which condition his famous delay.
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