Vol 20 No 1 (2018): JUNE 2018

“More than kin and less than kind”: Hamlet and His (Linguistic) Problems

Mahdipour, Alireza (Unknown)
Abbasi, Pyeaam (Unknown)

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Publish Date
01 Jun 2018


T.S. Eliots "Hamlet and His Problems" (1921) seems to be a pretext to add another erudite concept to the lexis of literary criticism. He charged both Hamlet and Hamlet of lacking "objective correlative." Eliots own problem with the play, however, seems to arise from his particular epistemological perspective, his formalism, and even his implicit structuralism, and moreover, from his traditional, classic Cartesian modernity that suffers him to hold the notion of subject-object dichotomy in his literary speculations. Hamlets problem, however, surpasses T. S. Eliots structuralist view and anticipates the poststructuralist linguistic enigma. Hamlet and Hamlets problems are, together with the other characters that are caught in the maze of language, linguistic. Hamlets epistemological/ontological quest for the meaning or the truth are checked, patterned, done and ultimately undone by the language. He cannot find any "objective correlative" for his "particular emotion," for, in the signifying system of the language, all he can think or feel is restrained by "words". He cannot escape from the symbolic order of the language until his death, and "the rest is silence".

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Languange, Linguistic, Communication & Media


k@ta: a biannual publication on the study of language and literature is a refereed journal published twice a year in June and December by the English Department, Faculty of Letters, Petra Christian University, Surabaya, Indonesia. It presents articles on the study of language, literature and ...