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"The god called Nothingness", Büchner, Shakespeare and Original Sin

Gillies, John (2018) '"The god called Nothingness", Büchner, Shakespeare and Original Sin.' In: Bishop, Tom and Joubin, Alexa Alice, (eds.) The Shakespearean International Yearbook : 17: Special Section, Shakespeare and Value. The Shakespearean International Yearbook, 17 (1). Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781138497108

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Abstract

This chapter presents two passages that resonate with Shakespeare. Robespierre's haunting broadly echoes the bloodstained hands motif in Macbeth. Simon's abuse of his wife echoes Hamlet's abuse of Ophelia in the nunnery scene. At one end of the spectrum, we find the citation shaping its host text: the relation here would be tuitional or doctrinal. At the other end, the host text absorbs the citation and transforms it: the relation here would be intuitive and dialectical. Thinking is nothing but its own mirror, consciousness cloudily reflected back as unconscious. Wittingly or not, the passage reproduces traditional theological doctrine in respect of the teeming multiplicity of mental sinfulness. Buchner's obsessive disinterring from Shakespeare's text of the kindred themes of original sin and the theatrum mundi arises from authentic "existence categories". They carry no hint of ideological back-formations of the kind associated with the apostle of reaction, Joseph de Maistre.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shakespeare, Büchner, original sin, theatrum mundi, French Revolution, Danton, Robespierre
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 11:27
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21483

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