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Wordplay in Shakespeare's Hamlet and the accusation of Derrida's "logical phallusies"

Gregory, Johann 2013. Wordplay in Shakespeare's Hamlet and the accusation of Derrida's "logical phallusies". English Studies 94 (3) , pp. 313-330. 10.1080/0013838X.2013.778622

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That “Derrida's writing borders on being unreadable” has been maintained by several academics, journalists and students. This essay considers this reaction to Jacques Derrida's writing in relation to a broader history of wordplay and puns. Using Shakespeare's Hamlet as a starting point followed by the infamous letter to The Times that accused Derrida of “logical phallusies”, it argues that if Derrida's writing does border on being unreadable, then, this is the condition of all writing. The essay suggests that rather than suppressing the spectres of Derrida in Shakespeare studies, we should welcome back the aspects of his work that help us to “read and write in the space or heritage of Shakespeare”.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0013-838X
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 04:29

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