This book includes essays by leading authors on Shakespeare drawing on contemporary and early continental philosophy. This collection of 15 essays by celebrated authors in Shakespeare studies and in continental philosophy develops different aspects of the interface between continental thinking and Shakespeare's plays. The authors draw from current continental philosophy (e.g. Lacan, Foucault, Derrida) as well as from the 19th-century continental tradition (e.g. Hegel, Kierkegaard) and from the early roots of continental tradition (e.g. Aristotle, Ibn Sina). The chapters address the span of the tragedies, comedies and history plays in the light of thinkers as diverse as Aristotle, Ibn Sina and Jean-Luc Marion, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Schmitt, Arendt, Lacan, Levinas, Foucault and Derrida. The blend of new work and classic position papers provides a thorough overview of Shakespeare and continental thought. It sheds new light on Shakespeare and on continental philosophy. Authors in the collection are leaders in each discipline in the US and UK / Europe and include: Edward S.
Casey, Howard Caygill, Paul A Kottman, Julia Reinhard Lupton, Christopher Norris, Nicholas Royle, and, Catherine Belsey.
Jennifer Bates is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University. Richard Wilson is the Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Kingston University, London.
Foreword by Michael Witmore; Acknowledgements; Notes on Contributors; Introduction: Richard Wilson; Part I: The Play's The Thing; 1. Paul Kottmann: "'The Charm Dissolves Apace:" Shakespeare and the Self-dissolution of Drama' (The Tempest, Aristotle and Hegel); 2. Jennifer Ann Bates: 'Hamlet and Kierkegaard on Outwitting Recollection' (Hamlet and Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postcscript); 3. Thomas Stern: 'Schopenhauer's Shakespeare: The Genius on the World Stage'; 4. Peter Holbrook: 'Nietzsche's Shakespeare'; 5. James A. Knapp: 'Richard Il's Silent, Tortured Soul' (Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Luc Marion, and Levinas); Part II: That Wide Gap; 6. Andrew Cutrofello: 'Is Othello Jealous? Coleridge and Russell contra Wittgenstein and Cavell'; 7. Edward S. Casey: 'Hamlet on the Edge' (Hamlet, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty); 8. Howard Caygill: 'Levinas and Shakespeare'; 9. Christopher Pye: 'Contra Schmitt: Law, Aesthetics, and Absolutism in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale' (Carl Schmitt); 10. Julia Reinhard Lupton 'Arendt in Italy: Or, the Taming of the Shrew' (Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito); Part III: Damnable Iteration; 11. Richard Wilson: 'Ship of Fools: Foucault and the Shakespeareans; 12. Catherine Belsey: 'Antinomies of Desire: Lacanian Psychoanalysis and the Sonnets' (Jacques Lacan and Francois Lyotard); 13. Bernard Freydberg "'No" as Affirmation: A Continental-Philosophical Reading of Coriolanus'; 14. Christopher Norris: 'Provoking Philosophy: Shakespeare, Johnson, Wittgenstein, and Derrida'; 15. Nicholas Royle 'Miracle Play' (Jacques Derrida).