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Shakespeare and the interhuman: The mimetic chrysalis of Buber's between
by Lang, Elizabeth Burford, M.A., The University of Texas at El Paso, 2008, 109; 1461287
Abstract (Summary)

Shakespeare's plays survive and thrive from age to age in large part due to the incomparably mimetic "rightness" of his characters. However, the various schools of post-modern literary criticism - New Historicist, Cultural Materialist, most variations of cultural theory as applied to literature - definitively deny the possibility of an essential humanity, the very concept on which discussions of character and mimesis must stand. The work of Martin Buber contributes a means of moderating that conversation. Buber, a self-described "believing" humanist, sought and achieved a semantic framework capable of describing the intersection of man, fellow man, and spirit while obviating insofar as possible the complication of any specific religious or ideological identification. Such a system opens a channel for the examination of dramatized humanity in Shakespeare. While many scholars and critics have presumed or pretended to "know" the meanings of the plays, have practiced exegesis on a character, a play, or the full canon, this paper is concerned with applying Buber's terms and their implications toward a useful understanding of the actions, speeches, and implied human "being" represented in Shakespeare's dramatic characters.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ruiter, David A.
Commitee: Dick, John R., Weber, Ronald J.
School: The University of Texas at El Paso
Department: Eng. & Amer. Lit
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 47/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, British and Irish literature
Keywords: Essentialism, Human nature, Humanist, Martin Buber, Mimesis, William Shakespeare
Publication Number: 1461287
ISBN: 978-0-549-97919-7
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