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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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Hamlet in Purgatory

Hamlet in Purgatory

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Stephen Greenblatt

University of California Press

This chapter argues that it is Shakespeare's Hamlet who is better suited as the modern representative of psychological interiority, instead of Sigmund Freud's Oedipus. It tests Jacques Lacan's idea that the subject is the doing of the phantasm and reveals the politics, aesthetics, and materiality of Hamlet, a figure who transforms and haunts subjectivity. The chapter also identifies the ways the arguments about the existence of purgatory and institutional interventions have brought together and recast concepts of guilt, family, social responsibility, representation, and the source and location of power.

Keywords:   Hamlet, psychological interiority, purgatory, institutional interventions, guilt, family, social responsibility, representation, power

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