Theory Terminable and Interminable: On Presentism, Historicism, and the Problem of Hamlet

@article{Sedinger2007TheoryTA,
  title={Theory Terminable and Interminable: On Presentism, Historicism, and the Problem of Hamlet},
  author={Tracey Sedinger},
  journal={Exemplaria},
  year={2007},
  volume={19},
  pages={455 - 473}
}
Abstract This essay argues for the ongoing relevance of theory to Shakespeare studies by examining Jacques Derrida's book, Specters of Marx, in the context of historicist critiques of "presentism." It argues that historicity cannot be relegated to a finished past, and that ethics is the primary reason for embracing the historicity of both past and present. Hamlet's own entrapment by remembrance leads to a final orgiastic outburst of violence that allegorizes both the dangers of a presentism… Expand
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