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Angles on Derrida. Jacques Derrida and the anglophone Literature - The Oxford Literary Review (25)

The Thing, the ghost, third and the eye

The reading I am about to do of this play concerns what a god, ghost, holy or wretched spirit would do in an abyssal architectonic dramaturgy; it is an attempt do decipher some of the thought of spectrality as invented and refined by Derrida, some sort of 'applied spectrality' so to speak, except for one nuance:this applied spectrality does not apply as much as it is applied. Tension theory and a work of art can but feed on unknown and secret nourishment. Baker's Gertrude is a tale told by a ghost. It is a recounting which deploys the virtuality of quotation because it is virtually the ghost's story in Shakespeare's Hamlet.