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Kerrigan, William 1943-

Works: 26 works in 138 publications in 4 languages and 7,068 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Interviews  Drama  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Performer
Classifications: RC321, 616.89 S
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Most widely held works about William Kerrigan
Most widely held works by William Kerrigan
The idea of the Renaissance by William Kerrigan( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamlet's perfection by William Kerrigan( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does the rash yet serene Hamlet of Act 5 arise from the passive and grief-stricken Hamlet of Act 1? What path leads him from sickened thoughts of birth and incest to the certainty that thoughtfulness itself must be escaped through bold action? The roles of Senecan revenger and patient Christian may seem worlds apart, observes William Kerrigan, but Shakespeare fused them in a character that has fascinated the world for centuries. In his lively new study, Kerrigan celebrates both Hamlet's perfection, the character's creation of new ideals out of an inheritance of disillusionment, and Hamlet's perfection, the play's brilliance as Shakespeare's greatest tragedy. Kerrigan's approach reflects his interests in literary formalism, historical scholarship, intellectual history, and psychoanalysis. In an overview of the history of Hamlet criticism, Kerrigan argues that recent critics have done little or nothing to elucidate the play, and he suggests ways in which the abandoned tradition of Hamlet commentary might still inspire fruitful approaches to the play. He explores the phrase "good night" in terms of the play's nocturnal preoccupations of grief, melancholy, haunting, crime, and death. He moves from the division of day from night and good from evil to Hamlet's split apprehension of women and his attempt to "salvage purity from an initial conviction of general debasement." His final chapter treats the "self-revised" Hamlet of the final act
Taking chances : Derrida, psychoanalysis, and literature( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and Italian and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sacred complex : on the psychogenesis of Paradise lost by William Kerrigan( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and German and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This reading of Milton juxtaposes the poet's theology and Freud's account of the Oedipus complex in ways that yield both new understanding of Milton and a model for psychoanalytic interpretation of literature. The book ranges widely through the art and life of Milton, including extensive discussions of his theological irregularities and the significance, medical and symbolic, he assigned to his blindness. Kerrigan analyzes the oedipal aspect of Milton's religion; examines the nature of the Miltonic godhead; studies Milton's analogies linking human, angelic, and cosmic bodies; and explores Milton's symbolism of home. In a commanding demonstration, Kerrigan delineates how the great epic and the psyche of its author bestow meaning on each other. -- from dust cover
The prophetic Milton by William Kerrigan( Book )

12 editions published between 1974 and 1991 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete poetry and essential prose of John Milton by John Milton( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of works by the influential poet and author encompasses all of his major narrative poems, his shorter verses, his essays, and such influential treatises as "Areopagitica," a criticism of censorship, enhanced by on-page explanatory notes and scholarly commentary
Opening texts : psychoanalysis and the culture of the child( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pragmatism's Freud : the moral disposition of psychoanalysis( Book )

8 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interpreting Lacan( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Images in our souls : Cavell, psychoanalysis, and cinema( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's promises by William Kerrigan( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Oaths, vows, contracts, and promises are among the most momentous actions human beings can perform, in art as well as life. Although virtually ignored by literary theorists, these obligations motivate plots, test characters, provide rhetorical occasions, structure ironies, and open thematic horizons. According to William Kerrigan, they had particular importance for Shakespeare. After a discussion of promises in philosophy, law, psychology, politics, language, and ordinary life, the author presents detailed studies of Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, and Othello, and concludes with a brief visit to the swearing scene in Hamlet."--Jacket
Paradise lost by John Milton( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Milton's Paradise Lost, an epic poem on the clash between God and his fallen angel, Satan, is a profound meditation on fate, free will, and divinity, and one of the most, beautiful works in world literature. Extracted from the Modern Library's highly acclaimed The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, this edition reflects up-to-date scholarship and includes a substantial introduction, fresh commentary, and other features - annotations on Milton's classical allusions, a chronology of the writer's life, clean page layouts, and an index - that make it the definitive twenty-first-century presentation of John Milton's timeless signature work."--Jacket
Writing in college by William J Kerrigan( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential prose of John Milton by John Milton( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Derrida : screenplay and essays on the film by Kirby Dick( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in French and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Réédition, 1991. L'ouvrage comporte deux textes: celui de G. Bennington qui expose l'évolution de la pensée de J. Derrida; celui-ci, ayant lu le texte, y ajoute, en parallèle, ses commentaires personnels. A la fin, chronologie de J. Derrida et liste de ses écrits. [SDM]
The wit to know : essays on English Renaissance literature for Edward Tayler( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life's iamb : the scansion of late creativity in the culture of the Renaissance by William Kerrigan( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tyranny of sex( Recording )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 351 (29 min.): According to Kerrigan, "men have trouble getting love and desire to mate in their souls." Drawing for insights from English Renaissance literature, Kerrigan warns against "self-congratulating modernity" and argues for "an integrated vision of woman." Program 352 (29 min.): Screech discusses marriage and the family in European culture as seen in the work of Rabelais and Montaigne. Stone is at work on a three-volume study of marriage and the family in 17th and 18th-century British history
Milton and the dream of prophecy by William Kerrigan( Book )

2 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Hamlet's perfection
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Kerrigan, William

Kerrigan, William J.

English (124)

French (4)

German (1)

Italian (1)

Taking chances : Derrida, psychoanalysis, and literatureThe complete poetry and essential prose of John MiltonInterpreting LacanShakespeare's promisesParadise lost