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Dead Letters SentQueer Literary Transmission$
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Kevin Ohi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694778

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.001.0001

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Forgetting The Tempest

Forgetting The Tempest

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Dead Letters Sent

Kevin Ohi

University of Minnesota Press

Exploring the centrality of forgetting to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Chapter Two argues that forgetting links Prospero’s art of absorption and the play’s understanding of its relation to precursor poets, particularly Ovid and Virgil. Prospero’s repeated gestures of renunciation, which, making mastery and relinquishment indistinct and Prospero’s power curiously unlocatable within the play, extends outwards to the play’s relation to its historical context, and to the question of the play’s authorship.

Keywords:   Literary tradition, Literary and cultural transmission, Queer literary criticism, Queer theory, Initiation and Development, Close Reading, Potentiality, Temporality of Consciousness

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