‘A LITTLE MORE THAN KIN AND LESS THAN KIND’: WORD-GHOSTS AND GHOST-WORDS IN HAMLET

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This paper concentrates on taking into consideration some linguistic and stylistic aspects of this great Shakespearean tragedy in order to develop a poetic analysis meant to highlight the irreversible movement of meanings that finally leads to a tragic change of the whole world of the play. Repetitions that bring about new and disturbing layers of meaning, accumulations of dark energies, violent semantic eruptions, double meanings – all these give birth not only to a ghost that is made up of words, but, more interestingly, to words that behave like ghosts or even to words that are haunted by puzzling ghosts …


RELIGIOUS DISCOURSE IN HERMAN MELVILLE’S MOBY-DICK

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Religion, no matter which one in particular, has always constituted an important signifying system which has been wisely explored and exploited by scholars and artists for its rich display of “ready-made” parables, symbols, metaphors, or archetypes. Taking advantage of the fact that the teachings of the holy scriptures were so deeply and vividly present in the conscience of all church-goers, artists, writers in particular, did not hesitate to use religious imagery, religious symbolism, religious discourse in general, in order to convey their meanings more easily, and surely a lot more efficiently. Herman Melville is no exception; without the pretence of …