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“Remember me”: Hamlet, memory and Bloom’s poiesis

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posted on 2022-01-24, 14:05 authored by Nick Taylor-CollinsNick Taylor-Collins
Although memory is not explicitly named in “Hades”, it nonetheless features centrally. Intertextuality is an example of memory, and in “Hades” Shakespeare’s Hamlet is remembered – specifically the Ghost’s relation to Hamlet, whom he bids to “Remember” and “revenge”. Derrida calls this relation “hauntological”: it is characterised by an uncertain gaze, the father telling his son what to do, and the son mourning for his father. In Bloom’s mourning for his father, Virag, hauntology might be expected. However, it is Bloom’s late son, Rudy, who hauntologises Bloom, thereby revitalising the latter; this adjusts Shakespeare’s original hauntology. While considering repeatable ways of maintaining this hauntology, Bloom jocularly reverts to new technology: the phonograph and photograph. His plan reveals his relish for liminality and poiesis: being and non-being at the same time. Bloom is thus remembered into the future, all the while Ulysses is haunted by Hamlet.


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Irish Studies Review


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Taylor-Collins, N. (2017) '“Remember me”: Hamlet, memory and Bloom’s poiesis', Irish Studies Review, 25(2), pp.241-258. DOI: 10.1080/09670882.2017.1299606

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