Hamlet in Purgatory

Stephen Greenblatt

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI:
Hamlet in Purgatory

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This chapter argues that it is Shakespeare's Hamlet who is better suited as the modern representative of psychological interiority, instead of Sigmund Freud's Oedipus. It tests Jacques Lacan's idea that the subject is the doing of the phantasm and reveals the politics, aesthetics, and materiality of Hamlet, a figure who transforms and haunts subjectivity. The chapter also identifies the ways the arguments about the existence of purgatory and institutional interventions have brought together and recast concepts of guilt, family, social responsibility, representation, and the source and location of power.

Keywords: Hamlet; psychological interiority; purgatory; institutional interventions; guilt; family; social responsibility; representation; power

Chapter.  12660 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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