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Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture

[Journal of English and American Studies]

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Volume 66, Issue 2


“Disjoint and Out of Frame”: Hamlet and the Problem of Synchrony

Johannes Schlegel
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Published Online: 2018-06-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2018-0019


Hamlet stages problems of immanent synchrony that can be described as both motor and product of specific temporalities. By contemplating different timelines and even problematising the notion of linear time itself, Shakespeare’s tragedy illustrates that de/synchronisation relies on cultural techniques, which, in the context of the play, consist of the basic operations of calculating, representing, and commanding. At the same time, however, synchronisation proves to be inevitably recursive as it always already necessitates further operations. As this reading of Hamlet shows, the relevance of cultural techniques becomes apparent when it is understood as a heterogeneous arrangement in which technical-practical, aesthetic, symbolic, and political concepts interact.

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Corresponding author: Dr. Johannes Schlegel, English Literature and Cultural Studies, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97070 Würzburg, Germany

Published Online: 2018-06-12

Published in Print: 2018-06-27

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Volume 66, Issue 2, Pages 163–179, ISSN (Online) 2196-4726, ISSN (Print) 0044-2305, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2018-0019.

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