Derrida reads Shakespeare

Alfano, Chiara (2020) Derrida reads Shakespeare. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. 264p. (Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy) ISBN 9781474409872


This book brings to light Derrida’s rich and thought-provoking discussions of Shakespearean drama. Contextualising Derrida’s readings of Shakespeare’s 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Hamlet', 'The Merchant of Venice' and 'King Lear' within his wider philosophical project, Alfano explores what draws Derrida to Shakespeare and what makes him particularly suitable for philosophical thought. The author also makes the case for Derrida’s singular understanding of the relationship between philosophy and Shakespeare and his radical idea of what literary genius is.

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