Department of English Seminar: Jonathan Dunk
Department of English seminar
Jonathan Dunk: Playing the Ghost: Mimesis and Spectral Time in Stephen Dedalus’ Hamlet-theory
If, as Fisher argues drawing on Jameson, certain regimes of representation, interpretation, and exchange have rendered it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism, then a form of speculative and spectral hauntology could be figured to offer avenues of subjectivity beyond the closures of capitalist realism. Some of these possibilities are augured in the radically experimental approach to subjectivity in Ulysses in which the revenance of the ghost is transformed into a fulcrum of what Benjamin called messianic time. This paper reads the textual configuration of self between Stephen and Bloom, shepherded by the tutelary ghost of Shakespeare, as a partial solution to the antinomies and aporias of subjectivity identified by Derrida, Jameson, and Frow.
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