“Ibi et ubique”: The Incontinent Plot (Hamlet)

Samuel Weber

in Theatricality as Medium

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224159
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235841 | DOI:
“Ibi et ubique”:             The Incontinent Plot (Hamlet)

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This chapter exemplifies Benjamin's discussion on the means of living and life. New media, specifically through television, have found ways to mimic representations of life or living. In new media though, this representation of life merely highlights the ghostly nature of both the screen and the stage. The point is made that what media generally brings to life is not just revived but also preserved. In order to illustrate the importance of how a particular narrative is portrayed more effectively, whether it be the plot as story or the plot as stage, the chapter presents several instances where the ghost in Hamlet appears. This chapter emphasizes how the plot is capable of going beyond the temporal-diachronic sequence of events toward the solution of problems. Benjamin cites Shakespeare's Hamlet as an example because of how the play deals with a melancholy theme.

Keywords: ghost; life; representations; means of living; media; plot; Hamlet; melancholy

Chapter.  6967 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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