Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday March 28, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:14 PM
Being and Nothingness

“From this I reach what I might call a philosophy; at any rate it is a constant idea of mine; that behind the cotton wool [of daily life] is hidden a pattern; that we– I mean all human beings– are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world. But there is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.”

— Virginia Woolf, “A Sketch of the Past,” 1939-40, in Moments of Being

“And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.”

— Ophelia, Hamlet IV. v.

“Ophelia’s story becomes the Story of O– the zero, the empty circle or mystery of feminine difference, the cipher of female sexuality to be deciphered by feminist interpretation.”

— Elaine Showalter, “Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism.” Hamlet. Ed. Susanne L. Wofford. Boston: Bedford Books of St.Martin’s Press, 1994. 220-238.

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