Shakespeare's Ghost Writers: Literature as Uncanny Causality

Author(s): Marjorie Garber (Preface by)

Routledge Classics

`Shakespeare's Ghost Writers is a dazzling achievement. It is about the ghosts that haunt Richard III, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Hamlet; but it is even more about the ghost of Shakespeare, a ghost who haunts and guides the hands of Derrida, Marx, Nietzsche, and above all Freud. Marjorie Garber brilliantly traces how the dead hand of Shakespeare continues to write us.' Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania

The plays of Shakespeare are filled with ghosts - and ghost writing. Shakespeare's Ghost Writers is an examination of the authorship controversy surrounding Shakespeare: the claim made repeatedly that the plays were ghost written. Ghosts take the form of absences, erasures, even forgeries and signatures - metaphors extended to include Shakespeare himself and his haunting of us, and in particular theorists such Derrida, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud - the figure of Shakespeare constantly made and remade by contemporary culture. Marjorie Garber, one of the most eminent Shakespearean theorists writing today, asks what is at stake in the imputation that "Shakespeare" did not write the plays, and shows that the plays themselves both thematize and theorize that controversy.


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  • : 9780415875561
  • : Routledge
  • : Routledge
  • : 0.349
  • : January 2010
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