Time Out of Joint: Hamlet and the Pure Form of Time. / Somers-Hall, Henry.

In: Deleuze Studies, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2011, p. 56-76.

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The aim of this paper is to explore why Deleuze takes up Hamlet’s claim that ‘time is out of joint’. In the first part of this paper, I explore this claim by looking at how Deleuze relates it to Plato’s Timaeus and its conception of the relationship between movement and time. Once we have seen how time functions when it is ‘in joint’, I explore what it would mean for time to no longer be understood in terms of an underlying rational structure. The claim can be understood as about a relationship between time and action. In the second part of this paper, I want to relate this new understanding of time to Hamlet itself, in order to see how temporality operates within the play. I will conclude by relating these two different conceptions of time out of joint to one another through Nietzsche’s Eternal Return.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-76
JournalDeleuze Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
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