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GUERRERO MARTINEZ, Luis. Hamlet as Controlled Irony. A Reading from Kierkegaard and the Bildungsroman. Valenciana [online]. 2020, vol.13, n.25, pp.7-42.  Epub June 15, 2020. ISSN 2007-2538.

In order to explore Kierkegaard's contributions to literary theory in connection with philosophy, this study addresses two issues: how Goethe introduces Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship into the Shakespearean drama Hamlet, as a paradigmatic form of the Bildungsroman. This background allows us to assess Kierkegaard's proposal on what he called “Irony as a Controlled Element” in which Shakespeare also plays an important role. My objective is to present a reading of Hamlet, not exhaustive but detailed, from the most specific features of the Kierkegaardian irony.

Keywords : Hamlet; Irony; Bildungsroman; Goethe; Kierkegaard.

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