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Spatial Politics in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Authors
  • Kazemi, Elham
  • Hanif, Mohsen
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2017
Source
Scientific Electronic Library Online - Brazil
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English
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Abstract

Abstract This article examines the notion of spatial politics in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The two eponymous characters enter the politically convulsive world of Hamlet, where scarcely any legitimate power structure controls the state. Their regularized political rationality ceases to apply to the world; reality violates the empirical knowledge -emplacements, geographical and spiritual directions, and identity in general - of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The previously defined functions of places, or heterotopias (in Foucauldian terms), are in a state of abeyance. Therefore, they are lost in the midst of the unknown sets of spatial relations; any sorts of intentional act evade them; and they die and vanish absurdly in a placeless place.

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