All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity

2015.05.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Cutrofello, All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity, MIT Press, 2014, 226pp., $22.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780262526340. Reviewed
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2015.05.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Cutrofello, All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity, MIT Press, 2014, 226pp., $22.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780262526340. Reviewed by Richard Gaskin, University of Liverpool This book appears in a series called 'short circuits' the aim of which, its general editor tells us, is to use Lacanian psychoanalysis to 'illuminate a standard text or ideological formation, making it readable in a totally new way' (p. ix). The book certainly fulfils that expectation: it charts allusions to and uses of Shakespeare's Hamlet in early modern and modern philosophers, focusing on five aspects of Hamlet's negativity: his melancholy, his negative faith, his nihilism, his tarrying, and his fictional non-existence. The book is written throughout with verve and panache, and it certainly makes one think. What it makes me think is that the whole business of marrying philosophy and literature is much more difficult and delicate than is. . .

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