Date of Thesis

2011

Thesis Type

Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Department

English

First Advisor

Harold Schweizer

Abstract

Emmanuel Levinas once stated that his “project” was “the deformalization of time.” Jacques Derrida, too, laid out a framework of thinking about time that dismissed the relevance of the past and the future and even belittled the significance of/or ourability to know anything about the “present.” Both of these thinkers discussed such notions of time in the context of complex theories of representation—or of the “relationship” between signifier and signified. This thesis considers the connection between theories of time and conceptions of the “relationship” between signifier andsignified to ask how Hamlet’s role as the agent of the plot in Hamlet relates to his own consideration of his “relationship” to the ghost as a potentially empty signifier.

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