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Narcissism and Suicide in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

Eric Langley


The subjects of this book are the subjects whose subjects are themselves. Narcissus so himself himself forsook, And died to kiss his shadow in the brook. In accusing the introspective Adonis of narcissistic self‐absorption, Shakespeare's Venus employs a geminative construction—‘himself himself’—that provides a keynote for this study of Renaissance reflexive subjectivity. Through close analysis of a number of Shakespearean texts—including Venus and Adonis, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Othello— this book illustrates how radical self‐reflection is expressed on the Renaissance page ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, suicide, self, narcissism, gemination, subjectivity, introspection, rhetoric, Ovid, friendship, epyllion, vision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199541232
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Langley, author
Lecturer in English, University College, London University
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