Hamlet and Counter-Humanism

  title={Hamlet and Counter-Humanism},
  author={Ronald Knowles},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  pages={1046 - 1069}
  • R. Knowles
  • Published 22 December 1999
  • Art
  • Renaissance Quarterly
This essay interprets the question of subjectivity in Hamlet by reappraising Renaissance skepticism and by reexamining the medieval debate concerning the misery of man's existence, and the Renaissance celebration of man. A central concern is the significance of the commonplace in humanist rhetoric and dialectic, by which Stoic and Christian thought depreciates passion. In his anguish Hamlet discovers a unique subjectivity as he attempts to reject the wisdom of tradition. But the nature of… 
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