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Comedy and the agency of the letter in a midsummer night's dream

Sharpe, Matthew 2016, Comedy and the agency of the letter in a midsummer night's dream. In Gherovici, Patricia and Steinkoler, Manya (ed), Lacan, psychoanalysis, and comedy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Eng., pp.133-155.

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Title Comedy and the agency of the letter in a midsummer night's dream
Author(s) Sharpe, MatthewORCID iD for Sharpe, Matthew
Title of book Lacan, psychoanalysis, and comedy
Editor(s) Gherovici, Patricia
Steinkoler, Manya
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 8
Start page 133
End page 155
Total pages 23
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication Cambridge, Eng.
Keyword(s) literary criticism
psychoanalytic theory
Lacanian theory
Summary This chapter gives a Lacanian reading of the Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Part 1 looks at the structural Wiederholung underlying the comedy of the nocturnal world of the play, in the forests outside of Athens. Part 2 examines Puck's agency in light of Lacan's famous paper on "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious". We conclude with reflections on Lacan's gnomic comment that love is an essentially comic emotion, as this is reflected in the bard.
ISBN 1316688119
Language eng
Field of Research 220318 Psychoanalytic Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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