Steward of the Dying Voice: The Intrusion of Horatio into Sovereignty and Representation

Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2010 (153):113-131 (2010)

ExcerptHoratio is rarely thought of as a sovereign character in Hamlet. In fact, some Shakespearean commentators regard Horatio as a “nobody” or a “non-entity,” a poorly developed figure whose role in the play could have been replaced by other, more significant characters.1 However, reading Hamlet with Carl Schmitt's Hamlet or Hecuba allows Horatio to emerge as a pivotal figure inextricably bound to issues of sovereignty, succession, and representation. Contrary to many interpretations of Hamlet, which hastily designate Prince Fortinbras as the sovereign of Denmark at the end of the play, it is actually Horatio who ends up as the most…
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