Scare Quotes From Shakespeare: Marx, Keynes, and the Language of Reenchantment

Stanford, Calif.Stanford University Press (2000)
Scare Quotes from Shakespeare argues that moments of allusion to the supernatural in Shakespeare are occasions where Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes register the perseverance of haunted structures in modern culture. This 'reenchantment', at the heart of modernity and of literary and political works central to our understanding of modernity, is the focus of this book. The author shows that allusion to supernatural moments in Shakespeare ('scare quotes') allows writers to both acknowledge and distance themselves from the supernatural phenomena that challenge their disenchanted understanding of the social world. He also uses these modern appropriations of Shakespeare as provocations to re-read some of his works, notably Hamlet and Macbeth.
Keywords Marx, Karl   Keynes, John Maynard   Shakespeare, William
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Call number B3305.M74.H333 2000
ISBN(s) 0804736219   9780804736213   0804736219
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