The Emperor's New Critique

@article{Robbins2003TheEN,
  title={The Emperor's New Critique},
  author={Hollis Robbins},
  journal={New Literary History},
  year={2003},
  volume={34},
  pages={659 - 675}
}
"The Emperor's New Critique" reads Hans Christian Andersen's famous 1837 tale as critiquing constitutional monarchy's endemic disarray and satirizing its opponents. If, as theorists from Sigmund Freud to Jacques Derrida have noted, the tale's truth is the fantasy-desire for the kind of truth that can be revealed, what happens when what is revealed is not naked power but a weak ruler? Does the public really want transparent government? Like Hamlet's father's ghostly whispering, like Dupin's… Expand
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