Drama: An Aside

Nicholas Royle

in Veering

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780748636549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652303 | DOI:
Drama: An Aside

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It is noted here that thinking about veering is a way of thinking about singularity. The closest Shakespeare gets to ‘veering’ is a reference to ‘Lord Aubrey Vere’, eldest son of John de Vere, twelfth Earl of Oxford, being ‘done to death’ in The Third Part of King Henry VI. James Shapiro brilliantly speculates, apropos the new ‘sense of inwardness’ dramatized in Hamlet: ‘The breakthrough is one that Shakespeare might have arrived at sooner or later, but it was given tremendous impetus at the time he was writing Hamlet by his interest in a new literary form: the essay’. The unprecedented flourishing of the aside and soliloquy in drama is inspired by the essay, above all the essays of Montaigne. I'll fall silent now. It is time to veer again.

Keywords: veering; drama; James Shapiro; Hamlet; Shakespeare

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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