Date of Thesis



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.


Hamlet, time, form, representation, Derrida, Levinas, Plato, ghosts

Access Type

Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Degree Type

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Harold Schweizer