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. ISSN 0013-838X

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Abstract

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”.

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Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2014 15:24
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 23:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/50277
DOI: 10.1080/0013838X.2013.778622

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