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In Memory of Jacques Derrida$
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Nicholas Royle

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632954

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632954.001.0001

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The Poet: Julius Caesar and the Democracy to Come

The Poet: Julius Caesar and the Democracy to Come

(p.1) The Poet: Julius Caesar and the Democracy to Come
In Memory of Jacques Derrida

Nicholas Royle

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents a discussion on Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar provides the idea that the time of today is the time of murder. Shakespeare's Hamlet has a decisive role in Jacques Derrida's thinking in the exposition of the democracy to come. Julius Caesar is a sort of sister-play to Hamlet in its out of jointedness by the clock. Shakespearean anachronism recruits its own ghostly ‘to come’, submitting to the incalculable and ‘unknown’. Julius Caesar appears to recruit a thinking of ‘theatrical derangement’ in terms of what might be called the iteraphonic. It is an inexhaustibly rich text for any attempt to think about the nature and politics of friendship. The Latin phrase in Julius Caesar looks to circle around and back on itself, a sort of palindrome in the ear (et tu . . . rb . . . ut te), petering out, interrupted.

Keywords:   democracy, Julius Caesar, Jacques Derrida, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Shakespearean anachronism, friendship

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