The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1172 Thursday, 12 June 2003
From: Claude Caspar <
Date: Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 11:02:14 -0400
Subject: 14.1157 Re: Hamlet and Grebanier
Comment: Re: SHK 14.1157 Re: Hamlet and Grebanier
"...others saw the ghost, as did he, so he had NO reason to doubt his
Actually, Hamlet understood mass hysteria as well & was as dubious of
joint illusion as singular, in other words he took both red & blue pills
at once... Do you think he believed his rep? I.e., the "public" that
mystically flows behind various players & ideas in the background, but
must be reckoned with.
But, my position is that we can posit a ghost, but we don't yet have a
ghost of an idea why Gertrude is oblivious. Is it just her nature of
denial? She just doesn't get it. Though Dover Wilson, his theological
assumptions aside, points out that Old Hamlet reacts when he realizes
Gertrude is blind. Read the meager text, the ghosts reported retreat,
and make of this trace what you can.
I am surprised Foucault's importance in this discussion hasn't been
brought to bear.
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